A dreaded word: Constipation

Maybe you will not have to worry about it. But it hit me hard during treatment: constipation (lack of bowel movements). I'm not sure why it happened - chemo? pain meds? cancer? Hard to say. Many strong pain medications can stop you up.

This is one area where you definitely talk to your doctor. Constipation can be severe. I had to go to the hospital once during treatment to correct this, not pleasant.

Your doctor may have you take a prescription or off-the-shelf product. Or prescribe eating certain foods and avoiding others.

I found an interesting article on the subject - it even quotes Dr. Denis Burkitt, for whom Burkitt's lymphoma (a type of NHL) is named.

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