Constipation is an uncomfortable side effect of cancer treatment. Watch our 'constipation' video for some tips on how to make changes to your diet which could help manage the symptoms and side effects associated with constipation.
If symptoms of constipation persist discuss management options with your treating team
Key strategies to assist with constipation:
- Drink plenty of fluids.
- Be active.
- Everyday movement is good for bowel function.
- Increase fibre intake slowly.
- Consume fibre from a range of foods (see below).
- Discuss with your treating team if a fibre supplement or laxative could help.
Who can help?
When adding fibre to the diet, increase slowly and ensure you drink plenty of fluids. Include the following foods to help reach your daily fibre target:
|Breads and cereals||≥ 4 serves per day||1 serve = e.g. 1 slice bread or 1/3 cup oats|
|Vegetables or legumes||≥ 3 serves per day||1 serve = e.g. 1 cup salad or 1/2 cup cooked vegetables|
|Fruit ||≥ 2 serves per day||1 serve = e.g. 1 piece of medium fruit|
Tips to add more fibre to your diet:
Eat breakfast cereals that contain high fibre grains like barley, wheat or oats
Top cereal with LSA or chia sees
Choose wholemeal or wholegrain products e.g. bread, pasta or brown rice
Grate vegetables into meals
Add lentils/legumes to meals
Snack on whole fruit, vegetable sticks, dried fruit or nuts
Don't forget to drink plenty of fluids!