Cancer Constipation: Clinical Summary of the ONS Guidelines™ for Opioid-Induced and Non–Opioid-Related Cancer Constipation

Kristine B. LeFebvre

Barbara B. Rogers

Brenda Wolles

constipation, opioid-induced constipation, acupuncture, evidence-based guidelines
CJON 2020, 24(6), 685-688. DOI: 10.1188/20.CJON.685-688

Constipation is a prevalent and distressing symptom affecting people with cancer. It may be a chronic condition, or it may be caused by the effects of the disease, its treatment, or the side effects of symptom management, including the use of opioids. These evidence-based guidelines can assist clinicians in the decision-making process, guiding patients to effective interventions to decrease the incidence and severity of constipation.

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