Diarrhea is, in very basic terms, “loose stool.” It can happen as a side effect of chemotherapy, radiation, and targeted therapies. It may also be a result of medications meant to relieve constipation. It can lead to outcomes similar to nausea and vomiting, including dehydration.

Practical tips to prevent and manage diarrhea

  • Avoid milk and dairy products and foods that are spicy, greasy, and high in fiber.
  • Avoid alcohol and caffeine.
  • Drink lots of clear liquids, but not just water. Broth and fruit juices are good too. That way you are also replacing lost salt and electrolytes.
  • Talk to your doctor about whether an anti-diarrheal medication is right for you.

Contact your doctor immediately if you your diarrhea is accompanied by severe cramping or pain, fever, dizziness, blood in the stools, or dark urine.

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