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Nutrition During Treatment


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"Even as you begin treatment, be sure you continue to focus on good nutrition. Several factors may contribute to nutritional changes during treatment – including side effects from the treatment itself, the emotional impact of your diagnosis and even the influence of friends and family – making a healthy diet all the more important.

Some patients experience weight loss during treatment, often due to an inability to eat or from other side effects, such as nausea and vomiting. Others may gain weight during treatment, sometimes as a symptom of certain types of chemotherapy or from overeating due to stress. In addition, loved ones may encourage you to eat more food and more often, and friends and family delivering food may opt for fattening casseroles and comfort foods, which can also lead to unhealthy weight gain. While this may be a time for “cheating” on your diet, especially if you’re having trouble keeping weight on, it isn’t a time to abandon good nutrition and risk unhealthy weight gain.

Instead, dietitians recommend maintaining your weight during treatment, so adjusting your nutrition plan to effectively manage any of these changes will be important. A dietitian can help you develop a nutrition plan specifically for your needs as well as help you manage any side effects you may experience that could impact your eating habits."

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Nutrition guidelines during cancer treatment
Here are some general nutrition recommendations for people receiving any treatment:

Maintain a healthy weight. For many people, this means avoiding weight loss by getting enough calories every day. For people who are obese, this may mean losing weight. Ask your health care team if it is okay to try to lose weight during treatment. It may be better to wait until after treatment ends. If it is okay, weight loss should be moderate, meaning only about a pound a week.

Get essential nutrients. These include protein, carbohydrates, fats, and water.

Be as active as you can. For example, take a daily walk. If you sit or sleep too much, you may lose muscle mass and increase your body fat, even if you are not gaining weight.
 

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I’m trying as hard as I can. During 3 days of chemo and the following 6 days, I can taste nothing except the strongest of peppermint, texture is all like wet cardboard. It is absolutely sickening to try and eat and swallow food. I do manage to get some foods down an it is pure luck they don’t come back up. I have a very very sensitive gag reflex. Really need something for those bad days that can be sucked down with a straw before you mouth even knows it was bypassed!!!

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