Nurtition During Chemotherapy

Hair, Skin and Nail Problems :

Many new anti-nausea/vomiting drugs given at our CENTRE have made these symptoms much less common and severe than they were in the past. You may not even need to take any anti-vomiting medications at home after chemotherapy. 3. Skin problems associated with chemotherapy include redness, rashes, itching, peeling, dryness, acne, increased sensitivity to the sun.

  • Eat many smaller meals (four to six per day) rather than the traditional three daily meals.
  • Fluids such as canned/ bottled juice, soup or liquid nutritional supplements can provide valuable nutrients and calories to patients reluctant to eat solid foods.
  • Try new foods and recipes.
  • Take walks before meals to stimulate appetite.
  • Consult with our oncologist about nutritional supplements and a healthy eating plan.

The most common nutritional problem facing cancer patients is not consuming enough calories and protein. Patients are urged to eat a well-balanced diet. This includes meals that are high enough in calories e.g. 2000 kilocalories daily to keep their weight up. A well-balanced diet will make patients better able to cope with side effects and fight potential infections.

Chemotherapy often reduces a person appetite. Patients who do not feel like eating can try the following steps:

  • Eat many smaller meals (four to six per day) rather than the traditional three daily meals.
  • Fluids such as canned/ bottled juice, soup or liquid nutritional supplements can provide valuable nutrients and calories to patients reluctant to eat solid foods.
  • Try new foods and recipes.
  • Take walks before meals to stimulate appetite.
  • Consult with our oncologist about nutritional supplements and a healthy eating plan.