• Have you found that during chemo that you just cannot eat?

    Asked by NorthernSnowB on Sunday, February 16, 2020

    Have you found that during chemo that you just cannot eat?

    Even when I'm having a good week and not feeling the side effects of chemo I'm still not having any appetite and when I do eat it seems like I will vomit.

    6 Answers from the Community

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    • MerryMaid's Avatar

      Chemo makes me nauseous and I don't want to eat. I haven't been sick, but still don't feel like eating.

      about 1 month ago
    • JaneA's Avatar

      Talk to your oncologist. They can change your anti-nausea medicine so that you don't have that queasy feeling. I only weighed 126 when diagnosed. I lost 4 lbs. my first cycle of chemo, and that was a wake-up call to me that I had to eat or I might not survive as I was scheduled to have 12 cycles of chemo.

      Eating is a really serious aspect of cancer treatment. We have to dig deep sometimes to ensure that we are eating enough to sustain us during treatment. If it gets worse, they can also prescribe something to stimulate your appetite.

      about 1 month ago
    • Bengal's Avatar

      I was overweight when I started chemo so wasn't overly concerned about losing some weight I did understand the importance of good nutrition throughout treatment and tried to come up with things I could tolerate. I do remember the nutritionist telling me it's better to eat anything than nothing so I enjoyed vanilla milkshakes. Alot of white chicken, oatmeal, yogurt on good days. Try to find things that don't make you overly nauseous and eat small amounts throughout the day. On good days I did OK. In bad days I had to force myself to eat.

      about 1 month ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      I had chemo years ago before there was any type of anti nausea drugs. Back then I couldn't eat either, partly from no appetite and nausea and partly because of the sores in my mouth

      about 1 month ago
    • Erik1059's Avatar

      I had chemo 30 years ago for stage IV Hodgkin lymphoma and it was really tough, anti-nausea drugs did not exist. The chemo drugs at the time were really bad.
      Cannabis did work! It took an extremely bad situation to a manageable one.
      Now with it legalized in may states i would highly recommend it, there is no point in suffering. It will drastically reduce your nausea and increase your appetite.
      My doctor recommended it to me at the time even though she could not prescribe it.

      about 1 month ago
    • po18guy's Avatar

      I was on an experimental (later approved) HDAC inhibitor for 5 years. After infusion, I could not eat for 24-48 hours. We are exceptionally resilient, and although it was not easy, I got used to it.

      about 1 month ago

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