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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