• Tips on staying hydrated after chemotherapy?

    Asked by MollyT on Monday, February 25, 2013

    Tips on staying hydrated after chemotherapy?

    I've dehydrated myself twice after chemotherapy. Any advice on what to drink the day of / days following treatment? The first time I only drank water. The second time I had water and coconut water. It's never enough.

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    • ticklingcancer's Avatar

      Have you spoken with your oncologist about giving you an extra liter of fluid at the completion of your chemo? I was so nauseuos that I didn't want to drink anything so during the week of chemo, they filled me full of fluids. Hydration was never an issue. The two weeks I was not receiving chemo is when I would have my problem and my Onoclogist told me that If I felt I couldn't drink anything just to call him and he would set me up a time on my off weeks to come in for just fluids.

      about 5 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar

      Have you tried drinking tea - That's what I do. Hot, iced, regular and herbal. I also found that drinking ginger tea really helped with the nausea as well. I have a nice selection of various types of tea in my pantry - I prefer lose, my tea bags are way easier, especially for making iced herbal tea. I put 4 Celeste Seasoning tea bags (I like the zingers) into a 1 qt plastic bottle- let steep for 5+ min and then put it in the fridge bag and all.

      about 5 years ago
    • Peroll's Avatar

      Molly, My oncologist recommended things like gaatotrade with electrolites that actually help you keep hydrated. You should also avoid foods and meds that tend to dry you out as they are counter tio the purpose of keeping hydrated. You might ask for a referal to a nutritiobnist who can help you with a complete diet for chemo and after chemo. You should also start getting well hydrated a few days before chwemo not just the day of chemo. Good Luck

      about 5 years ago
    • nancyjac's Avatar

      Water is the best choice but drinking 6-8 glasses a day of it needs to become a daily habit, not just something you do the day of and the day after treatment.

      about 5 years ago
    • Tracy's Avatar

      I have a problem with my kidneys so I need to make sure I drink lots of fluids. I like to keep a big bottle of water with me all the time. Water tastes better to me with a drop or 2 of lime or lemon juice. For nausea issues the suggestion of ginger tea or ginger ale is extremely helpful. I used to be a cook on a boat, ginger is the best thing I found for keeping the stomach calm, iced ginger tea is really refreshing. - take care, Tracy

      about 5 years ago
    • SpunkyS's Avatar

      I tried for mostly water but failed miserably. Also used cranberry juice and sparkling water mixed which was the most refreshing and easiest to drink. sometimes other fruit juices as long as they were not sweet. Good luck!

      about 5 years ago
    • marie60's Avatar

      I like drinking watered down juices, like apple, white grape and pomegranate. But for the really nauseous days, I drink very watered down gingerale. Seems to help.

      about 5 years ago
    • GypsyJule's Avatar

      I'm not a water lover, but I tried to increase my intake. I ended up drinking a lot of root beer. Normally, I'm not a fan, but A&W Root Beer seemed to calm my stomach, and it didn't have a funky taste, like I found with lots of other drinks.

      about 5 years ago
    • Carol-Charlie's Avatar

      I drank Crystal Light Pink Lemonaid....I love it. Been drinking it now like water (except I really don't care for water that much. I drink tons of this and love it.

      about 5 years ago
    • Nomadicme's Avatar

      My infusion nurse would leave the saline drip for a while, which had me going to the bathroom a lot!

      Gatorade, as mentioned by others, is great (just have the sugar free, or pedialyte). There's also a water out there, smart water, that has electrolytes. That should help some.

      Don't drink any coffee around that time.

      Otherwise, drink and then drink some more (if you're going to do teas, make sure they're herbal, as black tea and even green tea have caffeine and that's dehydrating),

      about 5 years ago
    • AlizaMLS's Avatar

      Dear MollyT,

      Ordinarily I'd say Gatorade because of the electrolytes, but because Gatorade upsets my stomach no end, I'd say water, ginger ale, cranberry or cranberry spritzer (cranberry juice and sparkling water or ginger ale or 7-up) 7-up or Sprite and chicken soup (Jewish penicillen), plus ginger tea or iced tea (decaf if the caffeine bothers you and even once in a blue moon, hot chocolate or carob (carob has B vitamins that chocolate doesn't plus no caffeine)

      Get those little umbrellas (from a friend at a bar) if you must to make them seem more exotic (leave off the chicken soup...;)), put a lemon or lime wedge. Anything that will motivate you to drink those fluids and try and enjoy them.

      Just keep the fluids coming because just about anything beats ending up in the ER on IV fluids-I know (even without having chemo).

      Warm wishes,

      about 5 years ago
    • MollyT's Avatar

      Thanks for all the recommendations!

      about 5 years ago
    • ddkk3's Avatar

      My oncology nurses tell me to drink as much as I can of anything. Water, juices, etc. They do also give me IV fluids before the chemo; that would be a good option for you as well. Also try getting one of those reusable water bottles with the ounces marked on the side, that way you know how much you have drunk and how much more you should drink that day. It's a great way to keep track of everything and keep you accountable, rather than just forgetting your intake for the day (like I often do!).

      about 5 years ago
    • leepenn's Avatar

      depending on your chemo, if you're having a lot of trouble staying hydrated, consider asking about getting addition iv fluids after each treatment. on friend of mine - with ovarian cancer - was on a combination of taxol and carboplatin. they had her do iv fluids for a few days after each cycle. she could do that at home through her port.... don't know if that is possible or even appropriate for your case, but it might be worth asking about....

      also, if you can, go into each cycle well hydrated. maybe you can get a bit of a head start? that's what i usually tried to do... i always had to pee in the middle of each infusion!

      about 5 years ago
    • kickasscowgirl's Avatar

      My son recommended I get a camelpack... a hydration backpack, that I keep on the bed next to me. It made a huge difference!! I can drink water while half asleep through the night. I became dehydrated because the taxol gave me a terrible headache, and I didn't want to move. So the next time I prepared by drinking water, juice, tea, any liquid all day the day before and night with the camelpack... The day of chemo, the nurse gave extra saline too. I took Ibuprofen alternating with one vicoden every other 4 hours to help with pain, before I felt the pain. The chemo also brought on menopause, causing more dehydration with hot flashes, it caused my eyes and nose to water so I underestimated the water loss. I would say get a camelpack, and drink water even when you don't like it or feel like it. Gigi

      about 5 years ago
    • Vjp2012's Avatar

      Green tea is great during chemo. I brew my own as iced tea. I drink it throughout the day, stopping at 5 or 6 pm and switch to purified water. Making ice cubes out of juice, Gatorade, tea, water and lemon is also great. Good luck!

      about 5 years ago
    • Chrispy's Avatar

      My oncologist was dead against any tea or coffee as this will cause more dehydration

      4 months ago

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