Constipation is not a topic we like to chat about, but even worse to deal with. For a cancer patient on treatment constipation is a common side effect of many frequently prescribed medications. Problems moving or opening your bowels can also be caused or worsened by not eating enough food or fibre, not drinking enough water or other fluids 0r a lack of activity.

Don’t ignore constipation. It can be painful, uncomfortable and very frustrating causing more complications. Use a notebook (included in Kit for Cancer case) to record of your bowel movements. Try to keep them as regular as possible so bowel movements are easy to pass.

Speak to your medical team about constipation symptoms you experience so they may recommend effective medication to keep your bowel movements regular.

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