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In this episode of Side Eff@¢ks, Tina and Leah talk about poo that just won’t quit—diarrhea. No matter what the cause, this episode offers tips and advice about what you can do to normalize your bowel function.
Nearly every cancer treatment will affect bowel function, so diarrhea is not uncommon. Whether it is chemotherapy, surgery, radiation, immunological, or biological (targeted) therapy (or a combination!) the gut is most likely to be affected. Since rapidly dividing cells line the gastrointestinal tract, the result is often (although not always) loose stool/ diarrhea.
How about after treatment is over?
Having unpredictable/excessive bowel movements can be life-altering, and eventually affect your overall health too.
Tina and Leah talk about how to sleuth the cause of loose stool. Then, as always, they give you some ideas of how to go about addressing the various causes. (A review of digestive processes and an intro to this topic was done in the first podcast of this series: Bowel Changes.)
Links we mentioned on this episode and other cool stuff:
Diarrhea management handout from equalhope.org
Transdermal absorption of castor oil (it was the Meridian Institute, not Heritage!)Support the show