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How Can Chronic Constipation After Chemo Therapy Be Treated?

I am a breast cancer survivor 2004; my chemo treatment was doxorubicin and cyclophosphamide and radiation for 35 days. my question is I have chronic constipation, it started right after the chemo treatments, I am unable to have a bowel movement, unless I take something. this has been going on for 13 years. I have been diagnose with pelvic floor dyssynergia, is it possible my breast cancer treatment cause this? or medications due to multiple surgeries (back surgery, herniated disc, multiple foot surgeries)
Wed, 21 Feb 2018
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Hello,my name is dr.Dorina Gurabardhi.
I understand your concern.
Some advices that I can give to you are:     
-Drink more water.
-Eat more fiber, especially soluble, non-fermentable fiber.
-Exercise more
-Drink coffee, especially caffeinated coffee.
-Take senna, an herbal laxative.
-Eat probiotic foods or take probiotic supplements.
-Take over-the-counter or prescription laxatives.
Hope my answer was helpful.If you have any other question Ill be glad to help.
Regards,     
dr.Dorina Gurabardhi
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How Can Chronic Constipation After Chemo Therapy Be Treated?

Hello,my name is dr.Dorina Gurabardhi. I understand your concern. Some advices that I can give to you are: -Drink more water. -Eat more fiber, especially soluble, non-fermentable fiber. -Exercise more -Drink coffee, especially caffeinated coffee. -Take senna, an herbal laxative. -Eat probiotic foods or take probiotic supplements. -Take over-the-counter or prescription laxatives. Hope my answer was helpful.If you have any other question Ill be glad to help. Regards, dr.Dorina Gurabardhi