How can I cope better with bladder and bowel problems?

It can be hard to get used to the impact treatment has had on your bowel or bladder. There are things you can do yourself to help:

  • Changing your diet can help. Ask your doctor to refer you to a dietitian.
  • Use medications as instructed to help regularise bowel function. Remember that constipation can also make urinary incontinence worse.
  • Try to remain active and exercise after cancer treatment, even if you do not feel like it. Remember to get a good balance between being active and taking time to rest.
  • Exercise your pelvic floor muscles – this can help to improve control of the bladder and bowel.

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