Diarrhea can be a side effect of chemotherapy. If you have diarrhea that lasts for more than 24 hours, or if you have pain and cramping, call your doctor. Changes in your diet can help. Drink plenty of fluids that contain key chemicals and minerals so you don't become dehydrated. Beverages with potassium in them, such as fruit juice and sports drinks, are especially good. Your doctor can prescribe medication if your diarrhea is very bad. Learn more about the causes of diarrhea and medicines that can help.
When and how to eat if you have diarrhea:
Try a clear liquid diet — water, weak tea, apple juice, clear broth, frozen pops, or plain gelatin — as soon as diarrhea starts or you feel it's going to start. Clear liquids keep the bowels from working too hard and help prevent irritation.
Eat small, frequent meals . Your body may find smaller amounts easier to digest.
After 2 days of diarrhea, start a liquid diet and add low-fiber foods as you can tolerate them. This will help lessen bo...
Definition A stool Gram stain is a laboratory test that uses different stains to detect and identify bacteria in a stool sample. The Gram stain method is sometimes used to rapidly diagnose bacterial infections. Alternative Names Gram stain of stool; Feces Gram stain How the test is performed You will need to collect a stool sample. There are many ways to collect a sample. You can catch the stool on plastic wrap that is loosely placed over the toilet bowl and held in place by the toilet seat, and then place the sample in a clean container. (One test kit supplies a special toilet tissue that you use to collect the sample.) Do not take stool samples from the toilet bowl water, because this can cause errors. If you need to collect a sample from a child still in diapers, line the diaper with plastic wrap. Position the plastic wrap so that it keeps the stool from any urine. Mixing of urine and stool can spoil a good sample. Your health care provider will give you instructions on when and how to retu...
Diarrhea can be one of the more uncomfortable and embarrassing complications
of cancer. We've all had it - enough said. People with cancer are prone to frequent
loose or watery stools for many reasons. Chemotherapy, radiation, surgery, bone
marrow transplant, and stress can all lead to diarrhea, and certain types of
cancer can cause diarrhea directly. In addition to causing social and physical
discomfort, uncontrolled diarrhea can be a serious health threat. Though the
condition is not typically preventable, there are some ways to find relief.
A number of cancer treatments can lead to diarrhea. Chemotherapeutic agents
target fast - growing cells, which is why these medications kill cancer cells.
Unfortunately these agents can also damage the intestinal lining, which is
filled with fast-growing cells, leading to diarrhea and other complications. In
a similar fashion, radiation therapy directed at the abdomen or pelvis can lead
to diarrhea by killing the rapidly-growing cells of ...
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