by Emilly Mackler, Pharm.D., Symptom Management and Supportive Care Program
Managing Constipation During Cancer Treatment
This issue of Thrive discusses the many options available for managing nausea. Constipation
is one symptom that can often lead to nausea and is very common in our Cancer Center
patients. Some causes of constipation are the medications used to treat cancer (such as
vincristine and thalidomide), pain medications, some medications used to treat depression
or to help with sleep, not drinking enough water or other fluids, inability to exercise, or tumor
If you are experiencing symptoms of constipation, it's important to let your health care provider
know. Here are some possible treatments for constipation:
- Increasing fluid intake by drinking eight 8-ounce glasses of fluid daily
- Exercising regularly, when possible.
- Increasing the amount of dietary fiber (consult with our registered dietitians for additional information)
- Taking medications prescribed by your health provider.
The Cancer Center Symptom Management and Supportive Care Clinic works with
patients along with their oncologists to help manage the side effects of cancer treatments.
To make an appointment, call 877-907-0859.
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