Managing Constipation

Constipation is when your stool is difficult to pass and you have bowel movements less often. Constipation is quite common in cancer. Opioid pain medicines and many types of chemotherapy cause constipation. People with cancer also tend to cut down on fibrous foods, move less, not drink enough liquids and battle with stress, anxiety or depression, all of which can reduce bowel movements. The good news is that constipation can be treated. Your health care team can help you with ways to manage this symptom.

The experts at Cancer Care Ontario have created a guide for people who have cancer-related constipation. It can be used by patients, their family, friends or caregivers as a good starting place to learn more. It does not replace advice from your health care team.

How to Manage Your Constipation

A patient guide from Cancer Care Ontario