• Food? Nutrition

    Asked by allier4 on Thursday, March 28, 2013

    Food? Nutrition

    Does anyone have any information on what to eat during the chemo treatment process that might help the process? or alleviate symptons? I know the day I get disconnected from my pump, I'm not too hungry. I definitely want to keep my strength and counts up. Thanks!

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    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      Browse through our blog, there are several posts there about food options for different reasons. One of our own WhatNexters @KendallHHC has a book on food and cancer, titled "Kicking Cancer In The Kitchen". There are a couple of posts by them on the blog, as well as others. Take a look.

      over 4 years ago
    • nancyjac's Avatar

      There are no specific foods that help the process or alliviate symptoms or side effects. Eat whatever you can tolerate. Obviously a balanced diet is better for general health, but if all you can tolerate is cheese and crackers, that is better than not eating.

      over 4 years ago
    • LauraJo's Avatar

      Eat whatever you can tolerate. Spicy foods may cause you some problems, but they didn't for me, and I enjoyed them more because I could actually taste things. I couldn't stand bland foods at all. I ate an awful lot of shrimp cocktail, cause I needed the protein & it tasted good.And I tried to eat small meals during the day, to keep my stomach full. Hope that helps

      over 4 years ago
    • RachaelC@StF's Avatar
      RachaelC@StF Community Outreach Coordinator 317-528-7794

      Hi allier4,
      We recently had a presentation about this here at St. Francis, and I could send you the slides to the powerpoint if you wanted to look through them for suggestions. Our oncology dietician put them together and the class loved them. If you want to send me an email, my email address is rachael.cassidy at franciscanalliance dot org. (sorry to spell it out like that. For privacy issues, they redact all potential contact information.)

      over 4 years ago
    • Vjp2012's Avatar

      Check out "The Cancer Fighting Kitchen" by Rebecca Katz. Also fresh juices (lots of recipes on crazysexycancer.com) help me, especially green juice & wheatgrass shots.

      over 4 years ago
    • allier4's Avatar

      Thank you all for the awesome answers! I so appreciate it...

      over 4 years ago
    • KarenN@StF's Avatar

      A couple of additional suggestions: eat small, frequent meals to avoid overloading the stomach (a little something every 2-3 hours); Stay in an upright position for 30-45 minutes after eating; Add protein whenever possible- If no allergies, for example-use a blender and add peanut butter to Ensure or Boost shakes; If you have to choose between solids and liquids because you are nauseated or you just have an aversion to the idea of foods after chemo- choose liquids- more important to stay hydrated. Good Luck!

      over 4 years ago
    • pmooty's Avatar

      I had no appetite during the first two treatments so they added Amend for nausea but what helped my appetite was the Dexamethasone they sent me home on. I took one tablet each day for three days. It made me gain weight, so I asked to be taken off. LOL..Small, frequent meals are good and I kept Ensure on hand.

      over 4 years ago
    • FreeBird's Avatar

      Here is a booklet from the National Cancer Institute. You can also send away for a printed copy. http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/coping/eatinghints/page1/AllPages

      Here's another interesting page from them http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/pdq/supportivecare/nutrition/Patient/page1/AllPages

      Also you might ask the American Cancer Society. They have resources here http://www.cancer.org/treatment/survivorshipduringandaftertreatment/nutritionforpeoplewithcancer/index

      over 4 years ago
    • FreeBird's Avatar

      Check with your cancer center to see if they have samples of Boost or Ensure type drinks to try, or coupons. My dad couldn't stand the taste of them. So we made up our own concoction.

      over 4 years ago
    • jearlesred's Avatar

      I agree with the others who recommend eating what you can tolerate. I couldn't stomach much food for several days after my treatments and couldn't bear anything cold during the Folfox and for about five days after. Protein is important though - I found myself eating canned tuna and cottage cheese a lot.

      over 4 years ago
    • myb's Avatar

      I would use this web site for ideas from Livestrong to help with my blood levels. I made it through every chemo on schedule with no extra shots or Neulasta which my onc only used if really needed it.

      over 4 years ago
    • Cindy's Avatar

      "Eating Hints for Cancer Patients" can be found at http://bagit4u.org/whats-in-the-bag/

      over 4 years ago

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