Why does chemo cause constipation? (plus tips for managing it)

When you’re having chemotherapy treatment, you may find that you have difficulty emptying your bowels. Chemo can cause trouble with bowel movements, or constipation, for a number of reasons. However, there are things you can do to help relieve the symptoms.

In this post we take a look at why chemo can leave you with constipation, and what steps you can take to make things more comfortable. Continue reading “Why does chemo cause constipation? (plus tips for managing it)”

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5 Tips to Make Food Tastier While Living With Cancer

Cooking with cancer - how to make food taste better
Taste plays a vital role in choosing your food and is part of the reason you derive pleasure from eating and drinking. Your cancer treatment can affect your sense of taste causing your food to; lack flavour, taste too sweet, salty or metallic.
Normally these changes are temporary and will begin to improve over time but it can be hard to maintain your calorie intake and meet your body’s protein, vitamin and mineral needs. There are things you can to do to help make food tastier while living with cancer, and here are recommendations from experts and people living with cancer.

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Steroids and Cancer

Steroids are substances that you make naturally in your body. They can be replicated in the lab to help treat certain side effects or symptoms, or to increase the effectiveness of certain chemotherapy drugs. Steroids play important roles in several different mechanisms throughout the body, including fight and flight (stress) and immune responses.

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Why you should flush the toilet twice after chemotherapy

Some of the precautions you should make in the home after  your chemotherapy treatment

flush the toilet twice after chemotherapy

Precautions need to be taken to protect you, family members and your caregivers from coming into contact with chemotherapy medicine. Chemotherapy leaves the body through urine, vomit, blood, stool, sweat, mucus and sexual fluids.

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5 Tips for Living Better With Cancer During Thanksgiving

If you’re living with cancer this Thanksgiving, the holiday might be feeling a little more stressful than usual. Big family get-togethers, heavy meals, new scents, sounds, and travel can all deplete your energy.

To help, we’ve put together 5 simple tips for navigating Thanksgiving supper when you’re living with cancer.

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Thanksgiving Alternatives – What To Eat When Cancer Steals Your Appetite

The thought of a full Thanksgiving meal might be overwhelming if you’re living with cancer, so we’ve put together a yummy list of alternative thanksgiving recipes that are tailored to help you manage your symptoms and side-effects.

Thanksgiving alternatives

Some of the most common side effects reported by people living with cancer are eating difficulties, including nausea, mouth soreness, trouble swallowing, dry mouth, or a loss of taste. So how can you still be part of the Thanksgiving celebrations if a huge roast dinner with all the trimmings is out of the question?

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