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Side Effects of
Side Effects of Chemotherapy
Incontinence - Urinary
Dryness of the Mouth
Fluid and Electrolyte Imbalances
Nausea & Vomiting
Spinal Cord Compression
Shortness of Breath
Sleep Problems (Insomnia/Oversleeping)
Symptom and Description Chronic
diarrhea is defined as loose or watery stools, more than two per
day, that lasts longer than 2 months. Chronic loose stools can
occur as a result of your cancer treatments.
Learning Needs Loose or watery stools, if left untreated,
can result in weakness, weight loss, skin soreness, and poor
nutrition. You need to learn strategies for controlling
diarrhea, and you need to learn when you should get in touch
with your nurse or doctor.
- Follow the low-residue diet food list provided by
nutritional services or dietitian.
- In general, avoid eating foods high in fiber, fatty foods,
rich desserts, and other foods that increase bowel activity
such as hot peppers, drinks with caffeine, and alcohol.
- Use Imodium-AD, 1 to 2 tablets twice a day; or use
Sandostatin as directed.
- If diarrhea occurs after meals, schedule your meals to
allow enough time to move your bowels before planned
- Increase your intake of liquids to six 8-ounce glasses
(about 1.4 liters) per day (unless told not to do so by your
Follow-up You should have less diarrhea if you follow
these tips. If you do not, let your doctor or nurse know. In
addition, you should let them know if:
- You have bloody or hard stools
- You have a temperature of 100.5 F (38 C) or greater
- You are unable to keep down liquids
- You become dizzy
- You notice your urine becoming dark yellow in color, more
- You develop right upper abdominal pain (if taking