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.
For more information from the National Cancer Institute about communication in cancer care, see the following:
When Someone You Love is Being Treated for Cancer
Young People with Cancer: A Handbook for Parents
Facing Forward: When Someone You Love Has Completed Cancer Treatment
When Someone You Love Has Advanced Cancer: Support for Caregivers
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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