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Constipation means having difficulty opening your bowels. It is a common problem for people with cancer. Find out more about the symptoms, causes and treatment of constipation.

Symptoms of constipation

Constipation is a common problem for people with cancer and during cancer treatment. Find out about the symptoms.

Causes of constipation

There are many possible causes of constipation for people with cancer. Find out more about these. 

Assessing constipation

Before you have treatment for constipation, your doctor or nurse will need to find out how bad it is and what the cause could be.

Diet, fluid and exercise

You might be able to manage constipation through diet and exercise. Read more about this.


Laxatives can help you empty your bowels if you're constipated. 

Last reviewed: 
09 Aug 2019

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