What foods should I avoid during chemo and radiation?
Foods to avoid (especially for patients during and after chemo):
- Hot, spicy foods (i.e. hot pepper, curry, Cajun spice mix).
- Fatty, greasy or fried foods.
- Very sweet, sugary foods.
- Large meals.
- Foods with strong smells (foods that are warm tend to smell stronger).
- Eating or drinking quickly.
What foods should you avoid during radiation treatment?
What Foods Should I Avoid During Radiation? Foods to avoid or reduce during radiation therapy include sodium (salt), added sugars, solid (saturated) fats, and an excess of alcohol. Some salt is needed in all diets. Your doctor or dietitian can recommend how much salt you should consume based on your medical history.
What foods help chemo work better?
After surgery, chemotherapy, or radiation therapy, extra protein is usually needed to heal tissues and help fight infection. Good sources of protein include fish, poultry, lean red meat, eggs, low-fat dairy products, nuts and nut butters, dried beans, peas and lentils, and soy foods.
What are good snacks for chemo patients?
Some quick-and-easy snacks
- Cereal (hot or cold)
- Cheese (aged or hard cheese, cottage cheese, cream cheese, and more)
- Dips made with cheese, beans, yogurt, or peanut butter.
- Fruit (fresh, frozen, canned, dried)
- Gelatin made with juice, milk, or fruit.
- Granola or trail mix.
What should I eat the night before chemo?
What do I eat before going to chemotherapy?
- Plain or Fruited yogurt.
- Fresh fruit and cottage cheese.
- Poached egg and toast.
- Toasted bagel with a small amount of peanut butter.
- Cereal and milk (try Lactaid® milk, or Soy milk, if lactose intolerant)
- Chicken rice soup with saltine crackers.
What juice is good for chemo patients?
For the healthiest juices, include more vegetables than fruits. One fruit can sweeten up your mixture, but make the other ingredients vegetables. For example, juice one carrot, a cucumber, a small beet, a piece of ginger, and a small apple.
What foods taste good after radiation?
Fresh fruits and vegetables, pasta dishes, and milk products are often well tolerated. Fruit sorbet, sherbet, and fruit smoothies usually taste good. Tart foods with more distinctive tastes may be added to foods to help cover the metallic taste.
Can chemo patients eat salads?
Do not eat from high-risk food sources, including salad bars, delicatessens, buffets and smorgasbords, potlucks, and sidewalk vendors. Do not eat raw fruits and vegetables . Ask for pasteurized fruit juices.
Why can’t chemo patients have ice?
Some types of chemotherapy can damage nerves, leading to a side effect called peripheral neuropathy. Patients may feel tingling, burning or numbness in the hands and feet. Other times, patients may experience an extreme sensitivity to cold known as cold dysesthesia.
How many days do you feel bad after chemo?
You may experience nausea (feeling like you might throw up) and vomiting (throwing up) after your last chemotherapy treatment. It should go away in 2 to 3 weeks. Your appetite may continue to be affected due to taste changes you may have experienced during your treatment.
What are the signs that chemo is working?
How Can We Tell if Chemotherapy is Working?
- A lump or tumor involving some lymph nodes can be felt and measured externally by physical examination.
- Some internal cancer tumors will show up on an x-ray or CT scan and can be measured with a ruler.
- Blood tests, including those that measure organ function can be performed.