• My mother has stage 4 colon cancer that has spread to her liver. The tumors in her liver are very large and its is difficult to eat.

    Asked by Yanez on Wednesday, January 2, 2013

    My mother has stage 4 colon cancer that has spread to her liver. The tumors in her liver are very large and its is difficult to eat.

    She feels full very easily and i'm wondering if anyone here has faced a similar experience and what were they able to eat that allowed for a high calorie from fat intake.

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    • madmaxi's Avatar

      My Dad is having this problem, he is in love with chocolate Boost shakes made with chocolate icecream(the real fat yummy stuff) and then chocolate Boost(he doesn't like Ensure and can tell the difference). Blend it up and yummyville. He sips on it and what he does not want at the time goes in the fridge for a little later.

      We are still newbie's (Thanksgiving week) to this since he is newly dx'd w/ advanced inoperable, too far along for pallative chemo or radiation rectal cancer and in hospice care. So I love reading others answers to this question so we can give him healthy nutrition packed variety.

      over 8 years ago
    • mc3318's Avatar

      @madmaxi - I am so sorry to hear about your dad. My mom went through similar - diagnosed Easter of 2012, inoperable colon cancer that had spread to liver and further. She was too weak to be a good candidate for chemo, so we went with palliative/hospice care. Feel free to let me know if you have any questions, I know how hard that road is for us children watching our parents go through this. Will be thinking of you and Yanez.

      over 8 years ago
    • FreeBird's Avatar

      You could mix up some smoothies in a blender for her if she's able to drink them. My dad didn't care for the Ensure type drinks. So he preferred a little whole milk, carnation breakfast essentials mix, a little powdered milk, ice, and a scoop of ice cream in a blender. It's not the best, but it's something, and it does provide some protein, fat, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals. There are all kinds of recipes for blender smoothies. You just have to make sure you're getting a little nutrition in there.

      The other trick is to eat smaller, more frequent meals throughout the day, instead of sitting down to a few large meals. Here's a little booklet on eating hints from the National Cancer Institute. http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/coping/eatinghints/page3/AllPages

      My dad eats very well right now. But there was a time when he did not. I found that If I just put small meals or snacks in front of him at regular times, and didn't push him, that he would eat enough. I put the food in front of him and said okay, it's time to eat. If he said he can't, I would say that's okay, eat what you can and leave the rest. Then I'd eat something. After a while, I learned not to ask him if he wanted something to eat first. Because the answer was always no. I didn't want to push him, and that seemed to be the advice I was seeing also--not to push. But I did make a note of what he ate, so that I could share it with the doctor when he was barely eating anything. The only advice from there was to drink the Ensure or Boost type drinks.

      My heart goes out to you and your mom, and I wish you the best.

      over 8 years ago

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