Constipation or difficult bowel movements can be caused by dehydration, but for people with cancer, it can also be related to a treatment, medication, or the cancer itself. Constipation can cause discomfort or bleeding. The care team may prescribe a fiber supplement or laxative—or an enema in more serious cases—while you’re dealing with constipation, but all courses of treatment should be discussed with a provider first.
The best way to prevent constipation differs based on its cause, but the care team can help manage both the source and the side effect. Communicate with providers to ensure all medications and therapies are appropriately adjusted—and so that they are aware of all side effects.