Constipation During Cancer Treatment
Causes of constipation during cancer treatment can include chemotherapy,
pain and other symptom management medications, and lack of activity, fiber and
To address constipation, drink more liquids such as water, prune juice and
hot teas with lemon.
Other suggestions include:
- Focus on consuming significant amounts of liquids at once,
especially if regular consumption of liquids is challenging or unpleasant for
- Drink prune juice followed by 8 ounces of warm to hot
- Increase fiber with beans, legumes, bran cereals,
oatmeal, apples, pears, milled flaxseed and chia seeds.
- Add canned coconut milk to soups or smoothies.
- Increase physical activity – take a walk or other moderate
exercise every day.
- Consider a fiber supplement or over-the-counter
medications such as stool softeners or laxatives if necessary; always consult your
health practitioner before taking medications and remember to drink plenty of
fluids with medications and supplements.
Try the following recipe, which serves as a natural food
Combine all of these ingredients and store
refrigerated in a sealed container for up to seven days:
- 1 ¼ cups plain,
wheat bran flakes
- 1 cup prune
- 1 cup applesauce
- 1 tablespoon of
molasses or honey
- 2-3 dashes of
Take 2 tablespoons of this recipe in the
evening. The amount may be increased to 3 or 4 tablespoons per day if needed.