Some cancer drugs and treatments can result in diarrhea or constipation. You may also experience water retention or dehydration (loss of fluids).
Some ideas for relieving diarrhea symptoms include:
- Eating foods that are bland, low fiber and high in protein, calories, and minerals
- Eating several small meals a day, instead of three large meals
- Drinking six to eight glass of liquid each day
- Milk or milk products
- Dried fruits
- Fatty, fried, greasy or spicy foods
- Smoking cigarettes
- Very hot and cold beverages
Check with a doctor or nurse before taking any medications for diarrhea.
Some ideas for relieving constipation symptoms including eating:
- Fresh raw vegetables and fruits, especially those with skins (unless white blood cell count it low)
- Bran, whole grains and cereals, granola, wheat germ flakes
- Dried fruits, especially dates, prunes and apricots
- Prune juice
- Dried beans
- Fresh fruit juices, except apple juice
- Warm or hot fluids, especially in the morning
- Other things that can help relieve constipation include:
- Getting as much physical activity as possible
- Attempting a bowel movement at a regular time each day, preferably after breakfast
- Avoiding chocolate, cheese, eggs or fatty fried foods
Check with your doctor or nurse before using over-the-counters laxatives, stool softeners or enemas.
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