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Can you get diarrhea or constipation from immunotherapy for lung cancer?

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Bowel trouble is a common side effect of immunotherapy. Some people have diarrhea, while others get constipated. Drink lots of water or other clear fluids. Avoid sugary drinks and fruit juices. They can make diarrhea worse. Suck on ice chips or ice pops to get more liquids into your system. Light exercise, even just some simple bed- or chair-based movements, can ease constipation. Do as much as you can, within any limits set by your doctor.

From: Managing Side Effects of Treatment WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Cancer Institute: “Appetite Loss,” “Constipation,” “Immunotherapy,” “Nausea and Vomiting,”

Dana Farber Cancer Institute: “What Are the Side Effects of Immunotherapy?”

American Lung Association: “What You Need to Know About Lung Cancer Immunotherapy.”

LungCancer.org: “Understanding the Role of Immuno-Oncology in Treating Cancer.”

American Cancer Society: “Caring for the Patient With Cancer at Home: Appetite, poor,” “Caring for the Patient With Cancer at Home: Constipation,” “Caring for the Patient With Cancer at Home: Nausea and Vomiting,” “Shortness of Breath.”

CA: A Journal for Clinicians : “Self-Care Activities for the Person with Nausea and Vomiting.”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on December 26, 2016

SOURCES:

National Cancer Institute: “Appetite Loss,” “Constipation,” “Immunotherapy,” “Nausea and Vomiting,”

Dana Farber Cancer Institute: “What Are the Side Effects of Immunotherapy?”

American Lung Association: “What You Need to Know About Lung Cancer Immunotherapy.”

LungCancer.org: “Understanding the Role of Immuno-Oncology in Treating Cancer.”

American Cancer Society: “Caring for the Patient With Cancer at Home: Appetite, poor,” “Caring for the Patient With Cancer at Home: Constipation,” “Caring for the Patient With Cancer at Home: Nausea and Vomiting,” “Shortness of Breath.”

CA: A Journal for Clinicians : “Self-Care Activities for the Person with Nausea and Vomiting.”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on December 26, 2016

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