Guideline and Algorithm
This guide helps healthcare professionals assess and appropriately manage a patient's cancer-related constipation. The guide is also available in a condensed pocket guide format and 2-page algorithm.
Also available is a combined pocket guide including guides for delirium, dyspnea, nausea and vomiting, pain, loss of appetite, bowel care and oral care.
Also see these resources for healthcare professionals:
- Recording – Constipation and Diarrhea Symptom Spotlight Webinar (YouTube)
- Presentation – Constipation and Diarrhea (PDF)
- Questions and Answers – Constipation and Diarrhea (PDF)
While the information contained in the Guide-to-Practice and Pocket Guide (“Guide”) was considered to be accurate at the date of its publication, changes in available evidence after the time of publication may affect the accuracy of the information in the Guide. We suggest the Guide be used for educational and information purposes only.
People with cancer may have constipation before, during or after cancer treatment. These documents can be used by patients, family members, friends or caregivers. They do not replace advice from your healthcare team.
Cancer Drug Side Effect Sheet
The cancer drug side effect sheet offers quick tips for people with constipation related to chemotherapy. Review it with your healthcare team.
The patient symptom guide is available in 6 languages. It will help you understand cancer-related constipation and how to manage it.
Tool to keep track of factors that could be related to your constipation from taking an opioid