• Food

    Asked by derbygirl on Saturday, March 2, 2013


    What has been your comfort food to get you through dealing with cancer? For me it has been a staple of PA Dutch cooking, a hot steaming bowl of chicken corn soup with dumplings.

    15 Answers from the Community

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    • SueRae1's Avatar

      pancakes - don't know why, but I started having them one day every week-end. Also lots and lots of soups.

      over 5 years ago
    • nancyjac's Avatar

      I don't know if you would call it comfort food or not, but the only foods that tasted right when I was in chemo were tomatoes and cheese, so I had a lot of grilled cheese sandwiches and cream of tomato soup.

      over 5 years ago
    • ddkk3's Avatar

      I've noticed that my food cravings are much stronger now that I'm on chemo. Once I get the craving, I must get that food. And then my turnaround to the next craving is pretty quick. This is new for me. Has anyone else experienced this?

      over 5 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      For me it was mashed potatoes and gravy, and chocolate pudding snack packs. Also started wanting milk. I still drink ove a gallon of milk a week 4 years out. These cravings are strange.

      over 5 years ago
    • marie60's Avatar

      I crave macaroni and cheese, the boxed kind. And vanilla pudding, again boxed. Also KFC fries with LOTS of ketchup. On the days right after chemo I want saltine crackers with flat coke. Such a healthy diet, no?

      over 5 years ago
    • joyringland's Avatar

      most always simmering is a pot of beans with meat............
      that is...presenly. It changes.

      over 5 years ago
    • Carol-Charlie's Avatar

      Oh my, I think that would have been mine too. It sounds absolutely wonderful.... I love chicken and dumplings and corn... what a wonderful sounding... comfort providing, and back then... I didnt care if I gained weight. Oh dang..... back to my diet now. broiled chicken breast, and a salad....

      over 5 years ago
    • KimmieJo's Avatar

      I can relate to Greg's post about the milk - I cannot get enough! My other craving is pickled beets! Weird but they do seem to help the metallic tast I get after chemo! :)

      over 5 years ago
    • Daytonagal's Avatar

      My sister loved Kraft Mac and cheese but only the individual portions that had to be microwaved.
      And Crab Legs. I could always get her to eat crab legs even when she was too weka to crack them.
      I miss her

      over 5 years ago
    • Chemobrain35's Avatar

      My mother makes me her homemade chicken noodle soup after every chemo treatment.

      over 5 years ago
    • SpunkyS's Avatar

      McDonald's ice cream, Cranberry juice, a hamburger.

      over 5 years ago
    • SpunkyS's Avatar

      and for my sister who was my companion while I was getting chemo, it was the peanut butter torte served at the cancer center. I usually took one bite. Rich and sweet - not so good except on chemo days.

      over 5 years ago
    • carolchristao's Avatar

      Things with cheese: sandwiches and pizza! One curiosity is that I love chocolate and now I can't stand it anymore. It also happened with Coca Cola.

      over 5 years ago
    • Mel's Avatar

      Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup.. :)

      over 5 years ago
    • MajorRedneck's Avatar

      Ensure. If not for Ensure I would die. I am lucky to get down 4 cans a day. I am able to eat runny grits with lots of tea/water to wash it down. My doctor told me I would be eating close to mormal about 3 months after surgery, he was wrong. I have not been able to swallow enough at the time to get enough nutrition to substain life. One thing that happend after surgery is I am unable to use my tung to push back the food. After having a swallow test, you could see my esophagus looks like an S trap under the sink. Soon I will go back to have another swallow test and hopefuly they will be able to do something to help me to be able to swallow better. If I do not swallow small amounts of Ensure it will shoot out my nose. When I do try a can of chicken noodle soup the noodles will get stuck sometimes for days. I really can not feel that it is stuck other than knowing its even harder to swallow. I have even tried to soak Ritz crackers in tea and swallow that but it will hang up and i will have to push it out using my stoma hole. I miss food, I miss the smell of food, I miss the taste of food, I miss going to sleep at night with a full belly. Then there is the problem with the prothesis leaking fluid into my lung. I have never had a voice prothesis last more than 6 weeks. They cost close to $150. Once they start to leak all eating, drinking becomes a very big problem. I have coughed so hard over the pass is done other damage to my neck and shoulder. Bless the people that make Ensure. 1.5cal, oh and I have to have a scrip in order to get the Ensure as well as a new prothesis. No one told me this before surgery. I miss cooking, I miss eating, I miss Thanksgiving, as well as Christmas meals. I do have hope and faith.

      over 5 years ago

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