• starting chemo

    Asked by dekdo on Monday, April 15, 2013

    starting chemo

    I will start chemo on 04-23-13 for breast cancer. I was wondering if you eat ahead of time. If so what do ou suggest.

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    • leepenn's Avatar

      pretty much whatever you like... but not too much! i usually ate old stand bys - things that made me happy to eat... and never upset my stomach. for me, that was salty stuff....

      during chemo, i often ate pretzels - again - with the salty stuff....

      good luck!

      over 4 years ago
    • CAS1's Avatar

      Before , after and during. If you are given the right amount of meds you should feel fine.

      But always make sure you ask your Dr' about any medications or vitamins at least one week before you have any chemo. Do not even take and asprin or ibuprophen without permission because some effect certain chemos

      over 4 years ago
    • Sunnydays' Avatar

      I usually ate very little before chemo but I did drink as much as possible (no, not alcohol) but liquids, water, juices, to help with finding the vein. But I would get hungry during chemo so I usually sent my companion out to get take out - curry or something tasty and yummy! They say not to bring "smelly" food into the chemo area but that is what I craved and most of the folks were asleep or preoccupied so no one complained. I usually brought a few other snacks as well -don't rely on what they have there - you could get very hungry! Or if you are not in the mood - just don't eat it. But definately keep drinking.....fluids! All the best!

      over 4 years ago
    • fastdog's Avatar

      I always had a normal breakfast. At the hospital where I got chemo, they provided a brown bag lunch, soup, sandwich, chips, stuff like that. I was on Folfox so couldn't have anything cold. It took a few chemo sessions for the oncologist to get the right anti-nausea meds combo for me, but before that, when I was still getting sick, it wouldn't start till the day after chemo, and I had a chemo pump to wear home for a couple of days, so that was also a factor in having nausea. Once they got my meds right, I could pretty much eat anything, even with the pump.

      over 4 years ago
    • Mel's Avatar

      I'd have a Morning Star Bisquit with egg/bacon. They are good!. I couldn't eat while I was getting treatment I usually just sucked on some spearmint life savers. After i was done I'd be starving but nothing ever stayed down long enough for me anyway. Best of Luck next week! Hugs!. :)

      over 4 years ago
    • BuckeyeShelby's Avatar

      I'd generally do a bagel before treatment. During treatment, I'd have juice, lots of water and snacks (like trail mix). Since my treatment usually lasted about 6 hours, I also brought a light lunch -- like Lunchables, w/crackers, cheese & lunchmeat. I was lucky, though, in that I really didn't have nausea -- throughout 6 treatments, I only threw up once.

      over 4 years ago

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