I have to agree. There is no need to change what you normally eat but if you want to make changes than go ahead and do so. Your port should not interfere with normal activity, but if you find certain positions or movements are uncomfortable, then don't do them. I'd like to be more helpful, but unless you have some specific questions I don't know how I can help.
Colorectal (Colon) Cancer Questions
what to eat
Asked by joy215 on Sunday, March 10, 2013
what to eat
was having some troubles going to the bathroom then went in for a colonscopy doctor said you have cancer. what to eat what not to eat what can i do with the port in my chest with out hurting my self more i keep asking they say do what you feel like d...
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Eat what you tolerate. Pay attention to when you do feel well and when you don't. The port should not cause you problems after the insertion site is healed. Of course you want to avoid heavy lifting on that side as a routine.
Isn't the anxiousness and all the what ifs that run though our heads a pain in itself?
Hi Joy215, hang in there. You can do this. As far as what to eat, unless the doctor specifically forbids/restricts your diet to something in particular you can pretty much eat what your body can take. Some people choose to eat whatever they normally ate prior to diagnosis, others decided to eat healthier. It's really up to you. I myself have tried to cut out most junk food. Once in a blue moon I'll have something but not really anymore. I just don't crave that sort of stuff. As you're going through treatment however, certain foods do help with certain side effects. You might want to ask your doctor to refer you to a nutritionist that can give you info on diet during treatment. Cancer.gov has lots of info you can order for free regarding treatment and diet.
Did you recently get your port in? If so then you will feel some pain but it should be minimal. You will have to be more careful as to not make certain movements that will cause you pain. Remember, this is a foreign object in your body. Your body is not used to it and you will feel some minimal pain every now and then. I've had mine in for over a year and every now and then still feel a little pain but not often. Just make sure the pain is minimal and that the area doesn't get itchy, hot to the touch or swollen as that may indicate infection. Inform your doctor of your symptoms and he/she will let you know if it's normal or not.
Your in my thoughts and prayers. Just know we are here for you, rooting you on. Stay strong my friend. Hugs.
Joy, two pieces of advice. First when I started chemo I asked my oncologist if I should eat things that help my imune system. Hius response was that cancer cells like to get healthy too and that part of chmoe is designed to take down the immune system so the rest of the drugs can kill the cancer so before making any wholesale changesd in your diet talk to your oncoilogist. Second is that you may want to ask for a referal to a dietician for help in what to eat during and after treatment. They can helpo you learn what to eat and what not to eat. Good Luck
My oncologist told me that while I was on chemo (the entire treatment cycle) it wasn't the time to worry about what to eat other than avoiding the fresh veggies and fruits that may have residual bacteria that couldn't be washed off thoroughly. It wasn't the time to diet, it wasn't the time to be concerned about my cholesterol. Even my one oncologist said if I wanted to have a tiny bit of wine to settle my nerves, go ahead (he didn't advocate drinking every night or large quantities). I was just most concerned about getting food down, keeping it down, and keeping up my protein and energy. I kept a journal of my side effects so that I could try and eat to offset the effects. Most importantly, try not to get dehydrated.
As far as the pump, oh how I hated that thing. I worked my normal schedule (didn't involved any heavy lifting), and went along my normal life. Of course, it wasn't the time for me to be swimming, sitting on the beach (avoid the sun, you can easily burn), ride roller coasters or do gardening (which you should avoid anyway because of the dirt). I did sleep on the couch with my back up against the back of the couch so I didn't roll over onto the port.
Yes, I learned to carry my purse on the other shoulder, carry heavy things with my other arm because I did feel the port's catheter in my neck. I became somewhat style-conscious and learned how to use scarves to cover up my port during my treatment.
Listen to your body and you'll adjust your lifestyle as needed. It's just another bump in the road.
Does your chemo center have a nutritionist you can speak to? I went for a consult where I am being treated, I learned a few things about how chemo can affect the absorption of nutrition from the food we eat, and some suggestions of what foods to concentrate on eating. I found it very helpful even though I am a very healthy eater to begin with and limited processed and high fat, sugar and sodium foods for years. The first week or so after I had my port inserted the area was a bit sore, but after that there were no limitations, and I have yet to hurt myself since the procedure was done in August - I do Pilates and yoga regularly- just be careful not to over do it.