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Bowel issues and nutrition in cancer treatment

December 29, 2021


Diarrhea and constipation are uncomfortable and can be the result of cancer treatment. Whether it’s due to chemotherapy, medication or surgery, there are other possible reasons this may happen like an infection or being emotionally upset. Some tips that might help with stomach issues like this would include drinking lots of fluids. Try to drink eight, eight ounce glasses each day. You have the choice of choosing water, diluted juice, broth, or decaffeinated coffee or tea to help with diarrhea. Liquids kept at room temperature may be the easiest to tolerate. Warm juices, prune juice and hot lemonade can specifically help with constipation, since fluids can help your stool be softer. If you find yourself dealing with diarrhea, foods such as rice, noodles, hard boiled eggs, and bananas can be effective in helping your stomach issues. For the opposite problem, high fiber vegetables like beans, broccoli, cabbage, and whole grain breads can increase your fiber and support the natural flow of your body. If either problem lasts for more than a few days, check in with your doctor.

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