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Nutritional Management of Constipation

Some anticancer medications, pain medications, and other medications cause constipation, a condition in which the stool becomes hard and dry, making it difficult to pass. Waste matter that stays too long in the bowels so that too much water is absorbed from the stools will initiate constipation. The following suggestions may help to prevent or alleviate constipation:

If you have not had a bowel movement for a day or two, call your physician who may suggest taking a laxative or stool softener. High-fiber foods will help constipation but check with your physician or registered dietitian before you eat these foods because there are certain types of cancer for which a high-fiber diet is not recommended.

The following are high-fiber foods that may help to relieve constipation (if you are permitted to eat them; always consult your physician or dietitian for more information):

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