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Any food to eat while on chemo/radiation


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Hi Kelvin,

I drank a lot of smoothies (blueberry/banana/almond milk - yum!) , fruits like watermelon, apples, cantaloupe and grapes, and vegetables like steamed broccoli, spinach, carrots and celery. I also ate multi grain bread and drank green tea. This helped my immune system and kept me strong for treatments. I also ate six small meals a day. This also kept me from getting constipated or diarrhea and helped fight nausea. Hope her treatments go well

Pam

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Get some Ensure or Boost in case food becomes unpalatable. I never liked smoothies myself, and to this day they remind me of being sick. 

For radiation, it's helpful to consume lots of protein like eggs, peanut butter, fish/chicken/meat. I really liked Trader Joe's macaroni and cheese. Ice cream is good too. 

For chemo, her chemo education will advise to stay away from uncooked vegetables and fruit that does not have a peel that can be removed, to avoid any potential Ecoli or other bacteria. 

On top of all that, your mom should eat whatever she can tolerate. This may change from moment to moment. Don't worry about a healthy diet, the goal is to keep her weight up. 

Best wishes to your mom. 

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51 minutes ago, Judy M2 said:

Get some Ensure or Boost in case food becomes unpalatable. I never liked smoothies myself, and to this day they remind me of being sick. 

For radiation, it's helpful to consume lots of protein like eggs, peanut butter, fish/chicken/meat. I really liked Trader Joe's macaroni and cheese. Ice cream is good too. 

For chemo, her chemo education will advise to stay away from uncooked vegetables and fruit that does not have a peel that can be removed, to avoid any potential Ecoli or other bacteria. 

On top of all that, your mom should eat whatever she can tolerate. This may change from moment to moment. Don't worry about a healthy diet, the goal is to keep her weight up. 

Best wishes to your mom. 

Thanks just messaged my mom about the ensure/boost drink

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You may also want to look into the cookbook by Rebecca Katz, The Cancer Fighting Kitchen which is designed for managing the side effects associated with chemo.  I found the recipes pretty tasty and the chemo tricks while counter intuitive actually worked.  

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