Coping with Constipation in Childhood Cancer

ConstipationsmSymptom Management, Palliative Care, or Supportive Care to relieve side-effects is an important part of cancer care and treatment and should always form part of the overall treatment plan.

Constipation occurs when a person cannot empty his or her bowels or has a feeling of needing to move the bowels but can’t. It starts when the body begins absorbing more water or begins signalling food to move through the bowel system more slowly. Constipation is a common symptom in people with cancer.

Abdominal surgery often affects the function of the GI tract and may result in either diarrhoea or constipation. Sometimes after abdominal surgery, scar tissue (adhesions) can result in a narrowing or partial blockage of the bowel; this may require surgery to reverse.

Cancer deposits may also grow in the abdomen, interfering with bowel function. The most serious form of this condition is a bowel obstruction, where the bowel becomes blocked by a tumour; surgery may be required to reverse this problem.

It is critical to treat constipation properly. If it is left untreated, constipation can cause dehydration, internal damage to the intestine or rectum, or bowel obstruction. It can also slow the body’s absorption of medications taken by mouth. If scar tissue or a tumour is causing the problem, additional tests may be required. Talk with your health care team about the best way to manage your child’s constipation.

Read more about the Effects, Signs and Symptoms, Causes, Diagnosis and Treatment and more regarding Constipation on our static page, Constipation in Childhood Cancer



About LFCT

This is a blog about CHILDHOOD CANCER and CHILDHOOD CANCER AWARENESS Little Fighters Cancer Trust is a non-profit organisation that offers support and aid to Children with Cancer and their families. When a child is diagnosed with cancer it affects the whole family. One of the parents, usually the mother, must give up their job to care for the child and this creates financial problems for the family. In South Africa especially the majority of these families are not well-to-do; many of them are rural. A diagnosis of cancer can wipe out any family’s finances, let alone a poor family. The costs of special medications, special diets, hospital stays, transport to and from the hospital or clinic and accommodation and food costs for the mother who spends most of the time at her child’s bedside are astronomical. These are the people and problems that fall through the cracks, and these are the people that Little Fighters Cancer Trust has pledged to help in any way possible. LFCT takes a holistic approach to assisting the Children with Cancer and their Families, with the main aim to be the preservation of individual dignity and pride. Little Fighters Cancer Trust also focuses on promotion and advocacy of National Childhood Cancer Awareness in an effort to increase awareness of Early Warning Signs of Childhood Cancer. This would result in earlier diagnosis, giving the Child with Cancer more of a chance at Treatment and Survival. See "About" for more Background info

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