Practical Tips for People with Cancer Who Are Experiencing Nausea or Have Lost Their Appetite
By Cancer Care, Inc.
A common complaint people undergoing cancer treatment have is that they feel nauseated, sometimes severely so. Depending on the type of treatment you are receiving, you may experience this yourself, especially if you are undergoing chemotherapy, which often reacts with the cells that line your stomach, making you feel ill. Other symptoms you may experience include a feeling of fullness, a change in the way foods taste, very strong heartburn, or feeling generally too tired to prepare a meal.
The good news is that, in addition to anti-nausea drugs that relieve some of the most severe symptoms, there are also a number of things that you can do on your own to help relieve an upset stomach during your treatment. This article will offer you tips on how to counter nausea and maintain a healthy diet during cancer treatment.
These simple steps can often go far in helping you cope with the nausea associated with chemotherapy or radiation therapy.
If You Have Just Had a Bout of Nausea and Vomiting:
Increasing Your Appetite
Even if you are not feeling nauseated, you may not want to eat. However, it is very important to maintain a nutritious diet if you have cancer, particularly if you are undergoing treatment. Remember that eating right is not just to make you feel better, it is also important for your health and recovery. We suggest these tips to help you eat:
Don't Be Afraid to Ask for Help
While controversy exists over whether special "anti-cancer diets" actually help people with cancer fight the disease, there is a general consensus within the medical community that eating well will help in your efforts to recover. What most people lack when they are ill is not advice, but an appetite. Remember: If you are nauseated, ask your doctor about anti-nausea drugs and follow the suggestions in this article.
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Cancer Care, Inc. Cancer Care Briefs: Practical Tips for People with
Cancer Who Are Experiencing Nausea or Have Lost Their Appetite, 1998.
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