may be all that is needed to treat constipation caused by cancer, pain
medicine, inactivity, or the side effects of chemotherapy or radiation therapy.
If your doctor has given you instructions or medicines to treat
constipation, be sure to follow them. Check with your doctor
before using any nonprescription medicines for your constipation.
This complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) information summary provides an overview of the use of cartilage as a treatment for people with cancer. The summary includes a brief history of cartilage research, the results of clinical studies, and possible side effects of cartilage use.
This summary contains the following key information:
Bovine (cow) cartilage and shark cartilage have been studied as treatments for people with cancer and other medical conditions for more than 30 years.
If you have heart failure or
kidney failure, talk to your doctor about what amount of fluid is
right for you.
Be more physically active. But check with your doctor before increasing your physical activity, especially if you are getting cancer treatments. Talk with your doctor about what kind of exercise and how much exercise will help you.
Include fruits, vegetables, and fiber in your
diet each day. Have a bran muffin or some bran cereal for breakfast. And try
eating a piece of fruit for a mid-afternoon snack.
each day for a bowel movement. Setting a daily routine, such as after
breakfast, may help. Take your time. Don't be in a hurry.
symptoms become more severe or more frequent.
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June 03, 2013
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