• I'm 47 with small cell lung cancer doing radiation and getting ready for chemo next week and looking for what I am to expect next week?

    Asked by jerry100 on Saturday, December 1, 2012

    I'm 47 with small cell lung cancer doing radiation and getting ready for chemo next week and looking for what I am to expect next week?

    What do you eat that can be held down because even with radiation I cannot keep anything down and I don't want to lose anymore weight.

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    • ticklingcancer's Avatar

      Hey Jerry, everyone responds differently to chemo. You might get the nausea, you might not. For me, I had a great deal of nausea and the "flu like symptoms" were pretty bad. They will give you pretty good medicine to help out with the nausea. I was able to eat a small bowl of cereal in the morning and a small bowl at night. My oncologist told me he wasn't as concerned about my eating as he was my drinking. Be sure and drink plenty of water or gatorade. If you do end up with some of the serious side effects, dehydration just makes it worse. Good luck to you my friend!!!

      almost 4 years ago
    • packerbacker's Avatar

      I had chemo and radiation together last year, and it wasn't as bad as I expected, I was really wiped out, and I did have some nausea, but like ticklingcancer said, it's different for everyone. It all depends on what chemo you will be getting, too. I now get a 3 different chemo meds once a week. The fatigue is still there, but not as bad. I found the radiation drained me more than the chemo has. Nausea is there, but better with the medications they will have available to you. Just let your doctor know, and I'm sure he knows how to help you. Best of luck to you on your journey!

      almost 4 years ago
    • tombo's Avatar

      here is what i did,,i have,,adinocarcinoma,,lung tumor,,not small cell,,but,,,,i did do radiation and chemo,,for 5 days a week,,from september 2011,,till january 2012,,chemo was 8 hours a day!!!,,radiatiomm,,,about a half an hour..well,,i made smoothies every morning,,any fresh vegetables,,always cinnamin,,always fresh ginger,,and always almond milk,,or coconut water,,not cocnut milk..,,blend blend blend,,i drrank this every morning,,and i felt great,,it was hard sometimes,,i also took,,spiralina,,and fish oil supplements,,and the other vitimons my oncologyst told me to take,,anyhow,,well,,my cancer is stableized??,,well there is zero activity,,but i do have to do chemo every 3 weeks to keep those nasty cancer cells at bay,,try to laugh buddy,,pray hard,,ask your friends for help,,STAY POSITIVE,,cry when you feel like it,,,and EAT,,when you feel like it,,i will for sure be thinking about you,,and i will pray for you if you want,,good luck,,my heart goes out to you,,i know how scary this can be,,,by,,,mike

      almost 4 years ago
    • EllasDaddy's Avatar

      The week I am in chemo, 3 days every 3 weeks, I drink a lot of fruit smoothies, various types of chicken, bites, pot pies, cordon blue, etc. and mashed potatoes. I try to keep a fairly bland diet during that one week. Even peanut butter toast is good for the protein. Every person is different but if you can find comfort foods and good proteins hopefully you can keep your weight steady. Good luck, stay positive! :-)

      almost 4 years ago
    • bizopzine's Avatar

      I am so sorry you are having problems with nausea. My husband went through simultaneous chemo and radiation - 35 days of targeted radiation and 4 cycles of chemo every 21 days. I can honestly say he had no nausea through any of it. He was given emend with all of his chemos. Also he was given Zofran before each chemo plus he had it at home along with compazine for any breakthrough nausea. The compazine prescription never had to be used. Talk to your doctor - there are a lot of good meds to help you out!

      almost 4 years ago
    • Carol-Charlie's Avatar

      I had a different cancer, and no radiation... However for chemo the oncologist gave me medication that left me feeling fine. As I continued receiving chemo for almost two years... I was very tired, exhausted sounds about right. But then, Thank God! I was able to sleep. I lost my sense of taste, for a few months.... but then in came back... I wish you well and will pray all goes well with your treatment.

      almost 4 years ago
    • Barbeo's Avatar

      I also have small cell lung cancer, I have had only 2 bouts of stomach poblems.I found that if I am going to the bathroom for BM on a regular basics that don't feel as bad stomach wise, but I do have a tendencey to be constipated on days I have Chemo.( 3 days every 21 days). My Dr. now has me to start stool softnes on the day before treatment and to continue untill treatment is finished. It seems to help alot.As others has said on days that I can not eat alot I drink, drink, and drink some more. Please try to stay positive and Pray, I know this has help me alot. Really everyone says that I am doing great, no weight loss. some hair loss, but not all. energy level is good.When first diagnosied I was told that I was 4th stage. Had my first scan last Wed. since I have started chemo,will get results tommorrow. Monday the 3rd will be my 6th round of chemo. Hoping will be my last. Oh well at least I will probably feel good during the hoildays. Good luck and I will pray for you, Hang in there together will win.

      almost 4 years ago
    • Shoeless' Avatar

      I found that Benadryl helped the stomach a lot. I have heard that some people use an illegal substance which is smoked, although I would never personally recommend such a thing. But they claim that if nothing else does the job....too bad you're not in Washington state or Colorado.

      almost 4 years ago
    • Charlieb's Avatar

      When it comes to eating I have relied on Ensure to keep my nutrition up. I only lost about 10 pounds through chemo and my transplant. Some days I only drank ensure and nothing else while, even now, I drink it in addition to regular food. The other staple is a sports drink from Costco.

      almost 4 years ago

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