• what to eat or drink during chemo and radiation treatments.??

    Asked by Shellsmom on Monday, November 28, 2011

    what to eat or drink during chemo and radiation treatments.??

    My daughter has NO appetite..nothing tastes good.. I don' know what to do.. I hate seeing her like this!! I know its normal and all.. I have never had to deal with anything like this before.

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    • SunnyCloud's Avatar
      SunnyCloud

      Ask her to try Ensure (for immune sys). They come in strawberry & chocolate flavor. My Mom made me feel better just by being here with me. She cleaned up my house, let me rest when I needed to, and made me laugh. Be strong, but most of all, have faith that all will turn out well. Look to God for strength & healing. xox

      about 5 years ago
    • SunnyCloud's Avatar
      SunnyCloud

      I remember I ate soup & crackers. Stay away from anything dairy. Keep meals small and every 2 hrs.

      about 5 years ago
    • CarolLHRN's Avatar
      CarolLHRN

      Tastes and food likes change very quickly during treatments. I just went with whatever I felt like at that particular time. I didn't try to eat the "right" things, I just tried to eat. I would have the strangest things that I thought would taste good. Things I would never eat otherwise. There were several times when I bought food and just took a couple bites and really didn't like it. Try not to get frustrated when that happens.

      Sometimes having a very small portion put in front of me didn't seem so overwhelming to eat something. So for example, I ate a lot of peanut butter sandwiches. Instead of putting a whole sandwich in front of me, I would cut it into fourths and just put one piece in front of me. It seemed to eat more that way.

      about 5 years ago
    • mrsvgz's Avatar
      mrsvgz

      My husband has been making me smoothies. They seem to help for the in-between times when the thought of food makes my stomach turn. I also drink Boost when I feel like I haven't had enough nutrition for the day.

      about 5 years ago
    • danellsar's Avatar
      danellsar

      One quick point- Many people don't like the taste of Ensure. My husband said it was gritty and chalky. I got him shakes from Walgreens drug store, and they taste MUCH better (also, half the price). I got this tip from a nutritionist at the oncologist's office. She also ordered us Scandishakes, which are high calorie but taste pretty good.

      The basic answer is whatever she can tolerate. Usually on chemo days my husband just has soup or a smoothie or applesauce, something bland. Then by days 3 or 4 he's back to eating more normally.

      about 5 years ago
    • mspinkladybug's Avatar
      mspinkladybug

      what ever you can get down!!

      about 5 years ago
    • Boopster47's Avatar
      Boopster47

      Mashed potatoes, mac and cheese. I ate alot of cheetos because helped me with the nauseous.

      about 5 years ago
    • fulto11's Avatar
      fulto11

      The worst that bothered me was my husbands weight loss. Make the Insure ice cold and add a little milk to top the glass (chocolate). He also says Walgreens is the best. I brought the spices up. Eggs with onion/bellpepper. Mexican casseroles. He was a meat and potatoe guy and now enjoys spicier food such as in casseroles. Ice cream with whipped cream and chocolate syrup, instead of plain. Eats like a bird every two hours. He is bringing his weight and energy back up on this regime.

      about 5 years ago
    • nancyjac's Avatar
      nancyjac

      There is also a psychological component. Most of us live in a culture where we eat because it tastes good. In chemo, you need to learn to eat because it is necessary for successful treatment, not because it tastes goods. Food may become just another medicine for a while. So whatever you do to convince her to take her medications, is the same thing to do to eat. I agree with what the others have said too. Liquid and bland foods tend to be fairly tasteless while more pungent foods may tend to taste particularly bad, even if they were her favorite foods before treatment. I'd be careful about a lot of spicy food. It may work for some, but I think for most people, it just makes food taste worse, and couple also aggravate her stomach lining or give her indigestion or heartburn.

      about 5 years ago
    • crystalking's Avatar
      crystalking

      WATER is the most important thing to help your body stay hydrated during this. Alot of people get diarrhea when they are receiving radiation to the pelvic area

      almost 5 years ago
    • DorkGoddess' Avatar
      DorkGoddess

      Drink lots of water. You have to stay hydrated during radiation and chemo. You have to keep the bladder and kidneys working. Popsicles, Sherbert...cold stuff worked for me. I ate mashed potatoes alot, but had to be careful because any kind of potatoes, rice or pasta also added to the bloating that was caused by the 2nd round of radiation.

      over 4 years ago
    • Bellamore's Avatar
      Bellamore

      I am going through chemo and really have very little of an appitite. I find that juicing fills me up and tastes really good. There are lots of variations of "green" juices. I especially like kale, lemon, carrots, celery, apples. Check it out on the web, there's a juice for 'what ails ya".

      over 4 years ago
    • JenB's Avatar
      JenB

      I couldn't eat either! If I could, I had bread, pasta, or fruit. Most of the time though, I managed a protein bar, whey protein, and gatorade.

      over 4 years ago
    • trufren's Avatar
      trufren

      HI,I KNOW HOW THAT FEELS AND IT HAPPENED TO ME WHEN I WAS DEALIN WITH MY CHEMO AND RADIATION THERAPY LOSING APPETITE IS NOT GOOD BUT THEN I TRIED TO EAT CHOCOLATES THAT HELPS ME GO THROUGH THE PROCESS AND TRY SOME SPRITES FOR LIQUID.

      over 4 years ago
    • booboo's Avatar
      booboo

      Eat anything and everything you can keep down. Sometimes its easier to drink. Starbucks hot chocolate and medical marijuana saved my life during treatment. Avocado, mashed potatoes and gravy, eggs, grilled cheese, Greek yogurt. Your state has a compassionate use law so ask your doctor for medical marijuana. It helps with appetite, nausea and anxiety.

      over 4 years ago

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