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#166464 - 07/11/05 08:29 PM What foods to eat while on chemotherapy.
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Hi everyone!
I'll be going on chemo later on this week at earliest or after a surgery to remove my lower abdominal lymph node(s).
While on these drugs the effects can be blegh.It lowers the immune system and other effects.It was recommended by a friend to take vitamin C.What foods would you recommend eating.Ofcourse I'll be asking my doctors the same questions,but I'd like to hear some opinions. Any and all are welcome,thanks!
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#166465 - 07/11/05 11:43 PM Re: What foods to eat while on chemotherapy. [Re: SANCHIN31]
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Make sure that whatever you are able to eat is nutritious.

Odds are you are not going to feel like eating much, so if you do, make the most of it.

You will also probaly be advised to eat some high calorie supplement ie Boost or Ensure, to try to keep your weight up. It probably won't work, your gonna drop a few, but it might help.

As always, We suggest that you seek out a qualified doctor in your area

Good luck my friend! We are pulling for you!

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#166466 - 07/12/05 02:48 AM Re: What foods to eat while on chemotherapy. [Re: BuDoc]
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From a healing and medical standpoint I would listen to Budoc and the advice of your medical team. i know tomatoes contain anti carcinogenic qualities (particularely in ketchup form for some reason that escapes me at the moment).

My mother swears by Kiwi fruit to aid healing. She can give no reason other than its a wisdom handed through her family. She was eating 4 a day after having a 'delicate' operation, and was back at work in 7 weeks, 5 weeks ahead of schedule. Could be placebo effct however.

My uncle went through extensive bone marrow transplant 2 months ago, what with the accompanying therapy he had no appetite at all. Doctors kept giving him 'nutritionaly balanced' bland meals that he simply wouldnt/couldnt eat, so my auntie, on impulse, bought a Curry for him (his favourite). The flavour stimulated his appetite and he ate the lot. The medical staff said that it was not great 'on paper' but that it was no more harmful than him wasting away with an empty stomach, and endorsed a once a week curry regime!

He is doing extremely well (touch wood) and the weight is kreeping back onto him.

Hope this helps
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#166467 - 07/12/05 06:02 AM Re: What foods to eat while on chemotherapy. [Re: SANCHIN31]
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May I also suggest fish oils (omega 3 etc) for your immune system.
Enjoy the hospital food. I think I would take Cords advice and have a curry once in a while!

Be well mate, and tell us how its going.

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#166468 - 07/12/05 08:15 AM Re: What foods to eat while on chemotherapy. [Re: MAGr]
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Damn! I am going to try to find this article!

DON'T EAT STUFF YOU LIKE WHILE ON CHEMOTHERAPY!

The nausea associated with it will make you want to stop eating, and can affect your diet even after you are done treatment.

They did a study with giving kids on chemo novel (to them) tasting foods, and found they they ate better. I know, it doesn't make sense, I am going to try to find the article.

Hang on.

This isn't the one I was thinking of, but it is the same idea.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query...p;dopt=Abstract

Here's a little bit more -

http://everything2.com/index.pl?node=Sauce%20b%E9arnaise%20syndrome

more -

http://www.breastdoc.com/My_Breast_Health/Nutrition/Chemotherapy_and_Diet/chemotherapy_and_diet.html

More -

http://www.cancersupportivecare.com/drug.html

Hope this helps.


Edited by MattJ (07/12/05 08:32 AM)
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#166469 - 07/12/05 08:57 AM Re: What foods to eat while on chemotherapy. [Re: MattJ]
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One thing that would help with the nausea and the lack of hunger would be tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), no joke.
Ask your doctor, but a friend of mine's mum used to 'administer' it for the same reasons, but not because of chemo, but could be beneficial.
Some doctors agree and some dont, for your situation, I dont know what the consensus is, but ask!

Actually what Matt says about not eating foods you like cause you will stop liking them due to association with nausea sounds pretty plausible, I didnt read the articles he posted.


Edited by MAGr (07/12/05 08:58 AM)

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#166470 - 07/12/05 12:17 PM Re: What foods to eat while on chemotherapy. [Re: MAGr]
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Magr, my man! Way to come through with the pot prescription

In the US your not going to find a physician that will prescribe Cannabis Sativa (Marijuana, pot, smoke, mary jane, weed, spliff,wacky tobaccy, herb, 2 toke ooh ooh) I keep up on all the hip lingo. I'm groovy!

Anyway, marijuana is probably not an option.

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#166471 - 07/12/05 12:26 PM Re: What foods to eat while on chemotherapy. [Re: BuDoc]
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Yo, I was trying to be subtle with the chemical name of it.... but yes 'da chronic!'

Quote:

Anyway, it is probably not an option.




But would it work, or be harmfull in your opinion? I have been informed that it is an anti-nausiac? And we all know about the hunger inducing properties!

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#166472 - 07/12/05 12:27 PM Re: What foods to eat while on chemotherapy. [Re: SANCHIN31]
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SANCHIN,

I went and had a talk with one of my employees who is a survivor. He said what ever you do, stay away from sugar. Other than that, remember to eat..and you will not feel like eating..but you will at times need to force yourself to. He also said there are some medications that help with this and your blood cell depletion.
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#166473 - 07/12/05 06:41 PM Re: What foods to eat while on chemotherapy. [Re: RangerG]
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Thanks for all the replies....except the one about THC! I am completely against such a notion and I have never even tried it! I do have some close family members whose lives have been destroyed by it though.Please let that be the very last thing saud about it.Thankyou!
I'll talk to my doctors thursday and ask questions about the suggestions made here.Thanks all!
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#166474 - 07/15/05 03:03 AM Re: What foods to eat while on chemotherapy. [Re: SANCHIN31]
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Registered: 06/16/04
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Wheatgrass:
Contains very high concentrations of vitamins, minerals and live enzymes

* Suitable for those on a gluten-free diet

* Excellent provider of proteins required for cell regeneration and renowned for it's healing properties

* Just 2 ounces of juice provides the same nourishment as up to 4 pounds of fresh, green vegetables
* Helps to maintain healthy digestion, purify and build the blood, and is an excellent all round detoxifier
* Wonderfully energizing and very useful for helping in times of increased stress or illness.

I think the fresh wheatgrass as opposed to tablet form would be most beneficial.

Some useful resources:

whatiswheatgrass
Wheatgrassforlife
Wheatgrass site

Wheatgrass site 2

It might also be useful to look into spirulina.

Hope this helps!
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#166475 - 07/20/05 07:17 PM Re: What foods to eat while on chemotherapy. [Re: Chanters]
Virgils Offline
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If you are doing chemo for cancer you might ask the doctor about not taking those vitamins that deal with radicals like E, etc. I have heard that it counters the effects of the chemo since they are trying to kill cells the bad ones faster then the good ones. So check up on that about the vitamins etc.

Also check out some shakes -- I know the body needs those fibers but shakes can help out when the body says I dont want to eat, drink a shake self made or say one like kashi makes all natural ingrediants or one someone else can point out or give you a formula or recipe for.

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#166476 - 07/31/05 11:37 PM Re: What foods to eat while on chemotherapy. [Re: Virgils]
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Loc: Arkansas, U.S.
Thanks for all the replies.I did some research and found out what not to eat so I can try to avoid side effects. Basicall I can't eat anything fried,spicy,sweet,or fatty and no coffee or caffeinated tea.I shouldn't eat food while it's hot either,room temperature or cold is reccomended.So I guess i'll be chewing on my shirt.
There are some things that fit in there,I like subway sandwiches! Also I should eat several small meals and no big ones and drink ensure as was suggested.
Thanks everyone!
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