Diarrhea

Defined as two or more loose stools per day, diarrhea may be a side effect of certain chemotherapy drugs. There are many things you can do to help control diarrhea. If diarrhea persists, especially large and frequent stools, you should report it to your doctor or nurse.

Making Changes to Your Diet

Many foods can nourish you without contributing to diarrhea.
Here are some suggestions for making healthy choices:

CHOOSE

INSTEAD OF

High-protein foods such as eggs (well cooked), lean meat, fish, poultry, smooth peanut butter* or beans* Fried or fatty foods (such as sausage, bacon, chicken nuggets, fried seafood or pizza)
Skim or low-fat milk, yogurt or cottage cheese (use lactose-free dairy products if you are lactose intolerant) Regular milk or cheese with more than 9 grams of fat per ounce
Cooked vegetables* such as carrots, green beans or mushrooms Raw vegetables, especially those with thick skins, seeds or stringy fibers
Fresh fruits without the skin or canned fruit (except prunes) Dried fruits
Desserts low in fat and lactose, such as sorbets, fruit ices or graham crackers High-fat ice creams or any candies, gum, or breath mints containing sorbitol, mannitol or xylitol

Note: Foods marked with an asterisk (*) are high in soluble fiber, which forms stools but also can increase the amount of stool. Choose them when you can manage more stools.