Diarrhoea can occur as part of therapy, usually 7-10 days after chemotherapy administration. Diarrhoea can also occur as part of an infection.
If you are experiencing frequent episodes of diarrhoea it is important to notify the ward, as you may need to be assessed for dehydration.
If you have diarrhoea it is important to:
- Increase fluid intake
- Eat small, frequent meals
- Eat a bland diet (bread, crackers, clear soup)
- Limit intake of spicy or fatty foods
- Avoid foods that are high in fibre or fat
- Sometimes limiting dairy can be helpful for short periods of time
- If you have abdominal cramps certain medications can help to reduce these (i.e. buscopan)
- Call the information line (in hours) or the ward (after hours) if you have increasing or ongoing diarrhoea to see if you need additional assessment for fluids