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Eating Well with Cancer
Your disease and treatment may increase your body's need for calories and protein. Chemotherapy, certain other drug therapies and radiation therapy also create a need for more calories and protein each day. At the same time, the side effects of your treatment may make it a challenge for you to take in enough calories and protein. Some nutrition tips to help you get enough calories and protein:
- • Eat frequent, small meals or snacks, perhaps four to six times a day.
- • Keep prepared snacks or small meals on hand.
- • Have liquids such as juices, soups or shakes if eating solid foods is a problem.
- • For extra calories, blend cooked foods or soups with high-calorie liquids such as gravy, milk, cream or broth instead of water.
- • Sip water and other clear liquids such as broth, ginger ale, or lemonade frequently to prevent dehydration.
- • Choose soft foods or foods that can be cooked until tender.
- • Cut foods into bite-sized pieces or grind or blend them so that less chewing is needed.
- • Bring snacks when away from home (especially doctors' appointments).
- • Try new foods and recipes to accommodate changes in taste or smell.
- • When possible, take a walk before meals to improve appetite.
- • Eat with friends or family members when possible. When eating alone, listen to the radio or watch TV.
- • Accept help with food shopping and meal preparation.