Proper nutrition means eating and drinking foods and liquids that contain vitamins, proteins, minerals and carbohydrates, which are key components to our body. Eating well during your treatment is a vital component to your success. Consuming a healthy diet before, during and after your treatments can help your body fight your cancer and cope with the side effects of treatment. Nutrition recommendations for cancer patients differ form those of healthy patients. You may be urged to consume foods that are high in calories and protein including cheese, milk, ice cream and yogurt. If at anytime during your treatment you find that you are having difficulty eating and drinking or mainting your weight, please let your doctor or nurse know. You may be referred to the in-office Rgistered Dietitian for evaluation. He or she may be able to offer you advise on how to property mange your weight and appetite during treatment.
- Eat small, frequent meals instead of three large meals per day
- Eat more than usual on days when you are feeling well and your appetite is better than usual
- Drink at least 8, 8oz glasses of water daily
- AVOID caffeine, or caffeniated beverages
- Try eating with plastic silverware to help decrease the metallic taste in your mouth if this is a problem
- Take anti-nausea medications as prescribed. Your appetite will be better if our nausea is under control
- Ask your dietitian for a list of foods that are high in calories and protein
- If you have nutrition related questions, ask for a referral to see the Registered Dietitian.