It seems individuals undergoing cancer treatment either experience diarrhea, or constipation! Put shyness in your back pocket—well, so to speak. If you’re experiencing diarrhea or constipation, mention it to your medical team. Diarrhea brought on by chemotherapy must be brought to your doctor’s attention as soon as possible. Diarrhea can potentially be life-threatening if not controlled.
Here are some tips for preventing, or dealing with diarrhea:
- Eat small amounts often, rather than a few bigger meals.
- Avoid hot, or cold food.
- Keep liquids going in to prevent dehydration.
- Room temperature beverages are easier to tolerate.
- Drinks like Gatorade are good for replenishing the body’s electrolytes.
- Stay away from spicy, fatty and greasy foods. Also, acidic juices and milk.
- Stick with low-fiber food. White bread, rice, eggs, chicken without the skin, or baked fish. Bananas and potatoes are good to eat, too.
- (Avoid high-fiber foods such as fresh fruit and vegetables, popcorn, nuts, beans, whole grains.) High-fiber food can make diarrhea worse.