Diarrhea is frequent, soft, loose, and/or watery bowel movements. It occur more than 4 times a day.
What causes diarrhea?
- Radiation Therapy
- The Cancer itself
- Lactose Intolerance
- Other Medicines (Stool Softeners, Laxatives)
What happens when people have diarrhea?
- Loose, watery stools
- Weight loss
- Poor appetite
- Feeling weak
- Feeling tired
- Upset stomach
- Abdominal bloating
- Urgent, frequent need to go to the bathroom
What should I eat when I have diarrhea?
When experiencing diarrhea, drink a lot of fluids, foods with sodium/potassium, and a little soluble fiber.
Drink fluids often
- Ginger ale
- Fruit juice
- Sports drinks
Foods/liquids high in sodium and potassium
- Saltine crackers
- Dried fruit
- Leafy greens
- Nuts and seeds
Consume SOME soluble fiber
- Canned peaches
Other low-fiber foods
- White toast
- Cooked carrots
What should I NOT eat when having diarrhea?
When experiencing diarrhea, avoiding foods with high fiber, greasy foods, caffeine, and other irritating foods.
- Black beans
- Pinto beans
- Bran muffins
- Whole wheat bread
High-fat / greasy foods
- French fries
- Fried foods
- Dried beans
- Chewing gum
- Carbonated drinks
- Hot sauce
- Chili pepper
What else can I do when experiencing diarrhea?
- Eat small frequent meals and snacks
- Have foods and drinks at room temperature
- Limit dairy to 2 cups a day
- Allow soda to become "flat" before drinking
- Keep insoluble fiber intake low
When should I call my healthcare provider?
- If you have a fever above 100.5
- If there is blood, mucus, or pus in your stools
- If your rectal area bleeds or is very sore
- If the diarrhea and/or bloating last longer than 3 days
- If you have dark urine and/or black stools