• First Time Chemo Treatment

    Asked by ljleonard93 on Sunday, May 5, 2013

    First Time Chemo Treatment

    I wanted to ask, I will be doing my first chemo treatment this Tuesday at 9:45am...the chemo will be 5-FU and Oxaliplatin...my question is is it ok to eat before I go? Should I eat? I have heard that I may throw up, and do not relish the ideal of throwing up...but I have heard I may not want to eat at all after wards, because of the nasua. Thank you for any help w/ this.

    21 Answers from the Community

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    • sandikf's Avatar

      They say to eat a small meal before. If you think about it if you do throw up would you rather dry heave or have something to throw up. With me the anti nausea drugs were awesome. I was lucky and didn't throw up. Felt like it a few times . Good luck. Oh if you do throw up they do have meds to help

      over 3 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar

      Unless your oncology teams tell you otherwise, have a light breakfast and bring snacks with you. The infusion team will administer drugs before the chemo to help mitigate nausea and other side effects. Your doctor may also give you a prescription for anti-nausea medication to take a home. I was given Emend and the hospital, which really helped. I also had a prescription to use at home, but I found I did not need it. Good luck and keep hydrated.

      over 3 years ago
    • ljleonard93's Avatar

      Thank you, I appreciate the answers...makes sense now to eat some so that I'm not heaving. I did get prescibed a nausau medicine for home. I hope I do not throw up, I can put up w/ the nausau have been for awhile anyway. Has either of you been treated w/ the chemo I am about to use?

      over 3 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      LJ, everyone seems to take chemo differently but there are some general things to expect. Here is a link to our Guide to Cancer with a guide to what to expect from chemo. http://bit.ly/10BQKCi

      over 3 years ago
    • Giraffe's Avatar

      Not sure that your chemo was like mine, however my oncologist gave me bread meds. I never felt nauseous . Had other reactions but never threw up.

      over 3 years ago
    • Ydnar2xer's Avatar

      Hi! Here goes Pollyanna again, but I think you should be prepared if you are nauseous, but NOT to expect it. I NEVER felt sick to my stomach during chemo because of all the steroids my oncology team gave me at the same time.

      Sometimes I get frustrated with this site because a few people tell about their horrendous experiences--and I'm sure they are--but then people who are new to cancer treatment EXPECT the same horrendous experiences. Everyone reacts differently! I think it's important to keep an open mind--be prepared--but WAIT to see how you react. Good luck. I'm pulling for you to breeze right through it! :-)

      over 3 years ago
    • IKickedIt's Avatar

      Yep, I had 12 lovely rounds of 5FU, Oxaliplatin and Leucovorin. Nausea for me was very, very rarely an issue. I had the anti-nausea meds and only took them perhaps twice and that was just because I felt a tiny bit queasy and wanted to put a stop to it before I got sick, which never happened.

      Most importantly, eat well during the days leading up to chemo...nutritious, iron-rich and stay hydrated. One of the worst side effects that I had was severe constipation during my first few days of chemo, and then diarrhea after that. So staying hydrated and nourished is very important (hint...my "two" favorite drinks - room temperature Ensure and warmed-up prune juice - not together, however!).

      Keep a journal of all of the side effects and when they occur in the cycle. I found that they were fairly cyclical so I could prepare for them.

      over 3 years ago
    • ljleonard93's Avatar

      Thanks for answers, got another questions ...pardon me if I seem blonde, coz I am...lol...but what kinda of snacks has any of you taken w/ you? My appetite is really getting bad...I mean I get hungry, and really want to eat but nothing sounds good. Would jerky, or nuts, or even turkey meat be ok? There are few things that appeal to me, chips and crackers are not ones. I just dont know if protein would be ok, or if I need to take crackers and just make myself eat them.

      over 3 years ago
    • deena's Avatar

      One thing that helped me us that I kept a diary for the first couple of weeks when I first started chemo. I had some cereal the first day I went. I just read my diary I recorded a year ago in February. The first day, I did throw up about an hour after I ate my evening meal. I had chemo starting at 11:00 AM until 3:00 PM. If you keep a diary the first two weeks every day, you will see when your nausea kicks in. You will learn when to take your anti-nausea medicine. I started seeing a pattern after the third week on when I started feeling sick. It may help you too.

      Good luck!!! You will get through it! I finished chemo in September and feel soooo much better.

      over 3 years ago
    • deena's Avatar

      Saltine crackers made settle your stomach too.

      over 3 years ago
    • PaulaT's Avatar

      I usually brought something to eat with me since I had my treatments begin first thing in the morning and I like to wait a bit before eating. I usually had fresh fruit and yogurt - maybe some graham crackers. I had 12 rounds of the same chemo you will be getting. Nausea wasn't a big problem for me - you get anti nausea drugs through your port before the chemo starts and anti nausea pills to take at home. Since all my life I've had issues with nausea when I'm sick, I took the pills according to the directions for two or three days after my infusion treatment. I went home for 2 days with a pump with 5FU so I took the pills the whole time I was receiving chemo. My advice for food would be to eat whatever sounds good to you. Getting enough protein was my biggest challenge so I made shakes with fruit, yogurt and protein powder. Eating small meals was also helpful...things like a yogurt, crackers and cheese, lean meats and crackers, cut up vegies and dip, etc. Where I got my chemo, you could order lunch there for free and they had a fridge with juices, soda and water as well as a cabinet with snacks such crackers, granola bars etc. The only other thing I would say related to nausea is that I would frequently become nauseous after taking a shower. My sister, who is a pt said that bathing in hot water can cause a drop in your blood pressure and cause nausea. She was right because when I made the water cooler, I didn't have that problem! I should also say that I never once threw up when on this chemo regimen(and I very prone to that)!

      over 3 years ago
    • gwendolyn's Avatar

      Definitely eat and eat often. An empty stomach is more likely to make you feel nauseous than one with something in it. Not the same kind of nausea as having a stomach flu. Eat something as often as you can. Dry carbohydrates worked best for me (dry cereal, etc.) Beware that you may end up finding the things you're eating now offensive in the future so you may not want to eat all your favorite things.

      I strongly agree with the others who have suggested you may not throw up or even feel queasy. Onco nurses are very good at mitigating this these days. Speak up about any side effects and the nurses will have answers on how to resolve them.

      over 3 years ago
    • kevin_ryan's Avatar

      I had the same chemo drugs, but my Oncologist also prescribed anti-nausea medication and they will give you something during the chemo as well if you ask. Because it takes a few hours to administer the chemo you will probably get hungry and want to eat anyway. I have an issue that I dropped a huge amount of weight, so need to eat as often as I can to help gain weight back. I have had some nausea, but would rather risk than that not eat.
      Good luck with it, i am sure you will be fine.

      over 3 years ago
    • myb's Avatar

      I was allowed to eat before chemo and also brought some snacks with me to eat as gluten free. Key is managing the nausea and staying ahead of the constipation.

      over 3 years ago
    • allier4's Avatar

      I just finished treatment 4 (total will be 12) of the same meds. I usually take something with protein but it kind of depends on what I'm hungry for. As others have said, I try to eat well the few days before treatments. I have anti-nausea drugs before and two prescriptions for home. I've only used one of the prescriptions. I've had very little nausea afterwards...mostly just the tingling from cold. I take water with me to treatments so that I don't get dehydrated...very important, again as everyone has said. Let me know if there is anything I can assist with too!

      over 3 years ago
    • Skylex's Avatar

      You should eat cause you pry not going to wasn't to after. Eating and drinking are 2keys to success. Not gonna lie its hard but so important. The give you anti nausea drugs in the beginning and end I believe.

      over 3 years ago
    • Rosa's Avatar

      We all respond differently to the same treatment. I had Oxaliplatin and Xeloda 500 (5-FU in pills). Never had nausea, but did have heavy diarrhea and colics. My pre-meds worked great, plus Imodium 2 to 4 times a day.
      My radio onc told me to eat BRAT (bread, rice, apple sauce and toast), even if I didn't feel like eating. I tried. Could tolerate soda crackers, apple sauce, some nectars, but again, we are all different.
      I would tell you to eat whatever you can tolerate and wish to eat. Try as nutritious as possible.
      You can eat before, during, and after chemo, as much as you can tolerate. I ate very little, because I did not feel hungry (maybe the nerves). But some people around me had very heavy lunches during chemo.
      Above all lots of liquids, keep hydrated.
      Most important: be positive. No matter how you might feel, this is just temporary. Pretty soon you will be back to normal.

      over 3 years ago
    • alivenwell's Avatar

      I was encouraged to eat simple carbs like pasta and oatmeal right before treatment. I'm not sure why they suggest that. However, I had very little nausea. Just fatigue.

      over 3 years ago
    • BeckyTice's Avatar

      How did it go ljleonard93?

      over 3 years ago
    • nance's Avatar

      Everyone is different. I found out rather quickly that eating before treatment was not a great idea for me. Then there are people in the treatment room eating Kentucky Fried Chicken while recieving treament. UGH! That was defiantely not me hahaha. In fact I learned that my last meal had to be 4 hours before treatment or I got very nauseated. Also I ate very light...no eggs or heavy protein foods on the day of treatment.

      over 3 years ago
    • thinker71121's Avatar

      during my first chemo, i remember eating something during the treatment... just dont think about vomitting, you will be okay ... usually the first treatment is like a piece of cake.. try to maintain weight during the treatment...

      over 3 years ago

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