Cancer & Constipation or Difficulty Moving Your Bowels

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Constipation and diarrhea are often experienced by people with cancer. When you are constipated, you may have fewer bowel movements than what is normal for you. Your bowel movements may be hard or dry, and more difficult to pass. When your platelet counts are low (thrombocytopenia), constipation may increase your risk of rectal bleeding. You may notice blood in the toilet after you move your bowels.

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