Cancer and cancer treatment can cause changes in stool like diarrhea or constipation. It can also cause blood in stool or urine, or urinary incontinence. Learn what to look for and how to manage problems.
Constipation is the infrequent or difficult passage of hard stool (poop), which often causes pain and discomfort. It’s caused by too little fluid or not enough movement in the bowel. Lack of activity, weakness, ignoring the urge to move your bowels, pain medicine, or poor food and fluid intake can all add to this problem.
Blood in the stool (poop) may be caused by irritation when moving the bowels. It can also be caused by straining very hard, by an ulcer or a tumor in the bowel, by hemorrhoids (enlarged blood vessels in or around the anus), or by a low platelet count.
Blood can be seen in the urine (pee) when a patient is bleeding in some part of their kidneys or bladder, or in the tubes that carry urine. The blood is being flushed out along with the urine. Bleeding can be caused by infection, injury, tumors, or stones that are in the kidneys, tubes, or bladder. It can also be due to a low platelet count.
Dehydration is not having enough water in the body or not having enough fluid where it’s needed in the body. Keep in mind that fluid comes from both food and drink, so a person who isn’t eating must drink more to make up the difference.
The accidental loss of urine (YUR-in) or having leaking or dribbling, is called urinary incontinence. A lot of men have incontinence after treatment for prostate cancer, but it can happen after being treated for other. cancers too. If you have this problem, you are not alone.
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