Action Cards: Diarrhea

Use these card decks to help manage your symptoms from cancer treatment.



Having three or more loose or watery stools in a day is considered diarrhea. Find out how to deal with diarrhea, which may be a side effect of cancer treatments and medicines.

Try This

  • Stay hydrated. Drink clear, non-carbonated beverages.

  • Avoid alcohol and caffeine. Stay away from drinks that make you go to the bathroom more frequently.

  • Eat bread and pasta made with refined flour. Stay away from whole grains. Also avoid greasy, fried, and spicy foods.

Check This Out

  • Visit the Springboard page on Diarrhea.

  • Listen to this recording for tips on dealing with diarrhea caused by radiation therapy.

  • Get this list of foods and drinks that may help if you have diarrhea.

  • Learn more about diarrhea and nutrition during cancer treatment.