Managing Eating Problems During Cancer Treatment: Gas and Bloating

Gas can become trapped in the digestive system, causing cramping and discomfort. Some remedies to prevent the problem are:

  • Eat and drink slowly.
  • Avoid gas forming foods such as beans, carbonated drinks, onions, cabbage, and broccoli.
  • Exercise mildly to help move gas from the bowel. Check with your doctor first.
  • Avoid drinking through a straw to prevent swallowing air.
  • Avoid chewing gum to avoid swallowing air.
  • Don’t talk much at meals to avoid swallowing air.
  • Ask your doctor if you can use over-the-counter gas medicine.

UI Cancer Information Service