Eating can be a concern and stressful for cancer patients and may avoid food or drink due to nausea or other side effects from chemotherapy, Changed sense of taste or smell, feeling full, tumor growth, dehydration can be causes for poor appetite. Add to that side effects of treatment, trouble swallowing, depression, pain, nausea, or vomiting and the patient can soon have little or no interest in food.
Try making food easier to chew and swallow with soft foods. Maybe cook vegetables just a bit longer, meat and chicken slower and longer on a lower heat with liquid so it is soft and tender and easier to cut into small pieces. Slow cookers are ideal and a blender, stick blender, or food processor to puree foods also. Smooth soups and smoothies are great especially with throat problems. Eggs, milk products avoiding hard cheeses or those with dried fruits or nuts, softly cooked fish, chicken and meat, soft breads without crusts with soft fillings are all great suggestions to encourage eating.
Hydration is important so keep up your fluids. We’ve included Hydralyte in our Kit. It is scientifically formulated to contain the correct balance of glucose and electrolytes for rapid rehydration. Consult your medical team if eating problems persist.
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