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1 Eating Tips fr Cancer Patients i learning abut yur health Cmmn Cancer Treatments Surgery, Radiatin Therapy, Chemtherapy, Hrmne Therapy, Bilgic Immuntherapy Cmmn Side Effects Mst side effects will g away after the cancer treatment ends. 1. Lss f appetite 2. Weight changes 3. Sre muth/thrat 4. Dry muth 5. Dental and gum prblems 6. Changes in sense f taste r smell Gals Fr Recvery 7. Nausea/vmiting 8. Diarrhea 9. Lactse intlerance 10. Cnstipatin 11. Fatigue and/r depressin 1. Build bdy reserves befre treatment 2. Prevent bdy tissue frm breaking dwn 3. Maintain bdy strength 4. Rebuild tissue 5. Maintain defenses against infectin Overall Nutritinal Recmmendatins Yur gal is t build strength and withstand the side effects f the cancer treatment Small Frequent Meals Higher calrie fds, with mre prtein as tlerated Milk, cream, cheese, cked eggs Use f sauce, gravies Cking with mre butter, margarine, r il Eat lw-fiber fd if yu experience diarrhea r a sre muth

2 Handy snacks as tlerated: Pudding Crackers Peanut butter with crackers r tast Canned Tuna Cked eggs Cheese Muffins Ice-cream Fruit Dried fruits Beverages Juice Milk-based prduct Sup Milkshakes Ygurt Have liquid meal replacement if yu are nt interested in eating, e.g. Ensure Plus r Bst Plus Drink plenty f fluids 6-8 cups fr adults Cping With Side Effects Lss f appetite Drink liquid r liquid meal replacements, e.g. Bst Plus r Ensure Plus Weight gain may ccurr with edema r frm increased appetite Eat mre fruit and veggie, lean prtein Sre muth/thrat Select sft fd that is easy t chew and swallw: Shakes Bananas, applesauce, ther sft fruits Custards, puddings, and gelatins Scrambled eggs Peach, pear, and aprict nectars Oatmeal r ther cked cereals Watermeln Cttage cheese, ygurt Mashed ptates, ndles Macarni and cheese Pureed r mashed vegetables, e.g. peas and carrts Pureed meats Avid citrusy/spicy/rugh fd 2

3 Dry muth Sip f water every few minutes Suck n ppsicles r chew gum Misten fd with sauces, gravies, Maynnaise and salad dressings Changes in sense f taste r smell (cmmn when eating meat r high prtein fds) Try white meat Meat seasned/marinated in sweet fruit juices, sweet wine, Italian dressing, r sweet-and-sur sauce Try small amunt f flavrful seasnings, e.g. basil, regan, r rsemary Try tart fds, e.g. lemn custard tart Nausea/vmiting Try fd that is easy n stmach: Tast, crackers, and pretzels Ygurt Sherbet Angel fd cake Cream f wheat, rice, r atmeal Biled ptates, rice, r ndles Avid t much liquid t avid feeling blated Carbnated drinks Eggs Skinned chicken that is baked r briled, nt fried Canned peaches r ther sft, bland fruits and vegetables Clear liquids Ice chips Once vmiting is under cntrl, try small amunts f clear liquids r water Diarrhea Drink plenty f fluids Eat fds and drink liquids that cntain sdium and ptassium Als Try: Bananas, peaches, aprict nectar, and biled r mashed ptates, and sprt drinks ygurt, cttage cheese as tlerated rice, ndles, r ptates white bread canned, peeled fruits and well-cked vegetables farina r cream f wheat eggs (cked until the whites are slid, nt fried) skinned chicken r turkey, lean beef, r fish (briled r baked, nt fried) smth peanut butter 3

4 Ways t Add Calries Eat n a schedule every tw hurs, even if nly a cuple f bites Ask yur family and friends t help with grcery shpping and fd preparatin Prepare ahead Pack a snack r supplement drink if yu knw yu are ging t be in ne place fr lng (such as waiting rms, planes, cars, etc.) Suggestins fr Between Meal Snacks Avcad Fruit (fresh, canned, dried) Applesauce Bread, muffins, and crackers Buttermilk with crnbread Caramel apple dip Carrt & celery sticks w/ranch dressing r peanut butter Cereal Cheese and crackers/tast Cheese and/r beef/bean nachs Cheesecake Chclate milk Cream cheese with bagel r nut bread Cinnamn tast Cla/rt beer flat Crn chips with guacamle/bean dip Cttage cheese with fruit Cream sup/oriental ndle sup Custard r pudding Dip made with cheese, beans, r sur cream Deviled egg Dughnut r pastry Dried fruits (raisins, apricts, etc.) Egg salad sandwich Fruit with whipped cream r dip Gelatin Granla, granla bar Grilled cheese sandwich Hard-biled eggs Ht chclate Ht cereal with cream Hummus n a pita r bagel Ice cream Juices Macarni and cheese Meat (chicken, tuna, etc.) sandwich Milk and ckies/cake Milkshakes Olives Peanut butter n crackers/tast/bread with jelly/hney/banana Pie Piment cheese sandwich Pita bread and hummus Ppsicle Pp tarts and milk Ppcrn with butter, caramel, nuts, cheese

5 Puddings, and custards Quiche Sandwiches Sherbet Smthies, milkshakes Trail mix (dried fruit, raisins, nuts, M&Ms) Taster Waffles r French tast with butter and syrup r jelly Tmat stuffed with egg salad Trtilla with cream cheese rllups Whle, r 2%milk Ygurt Ygurt with granla Suggestins fr Clear Liquids Builln Plain gelatin dessert Clear, fat-free brth Ppsicles Clear carbnated beverages Resurce Breeze Cranberry/grape juice Sprts drinks Intermezz ice Lemnade Hney Strained vegetable brth Healthwise Tea Jelly Water Suggestins fr Full-Liquids Diet All fruit juices Plain gelatin desserts Builln, brth Cream sup/strained sup Butter/cream/il/margarine Refined/strained cked cereal Carbnated beverages Sherbet Cffee/Tea Ice cream Fresh r frzen plain ygurt Pudding/Custard Hney/jelly/syrup Strained lemnade Liquid supplements Tmat juice Milk, all types Vegetable juice Milkshakes Water 5

6 Mre Ways T Learn Eating Hints fr Cancer Patients, Befre, During & After Treatment; Natinal Institutes f Health. Gd Nutritin fr the Patients with Cancer, The University f Texas, MD Andersn Center. T find page n gd nutritin fr cancer patients. Type in the search bx: gd nutritin cancer patients T find page with recipes fr high-calrie, high-prtein milkshakes. Type in the search bx: milkshakes Nte: This infrmatin is nt meant t replace any infrmatin r persnal medical advice which yu get directly frm yur dctr(s). If yu have any questins abut this infrmatin, such as the risks r benefits f the treatment listed, please ask yur dctr(s). Develped by: Wing Y Lau (Whitney), MS, RD. Reviewed by: Bethany Parrett, RD, CNSC, Eric Hernandez, RD. Prduced by: The staff at Califrnia Pacific Medical Center in assciatin with the Center fr Patient and Cmmunity Educatin. Last updated: 06/ Califrnia Pacific Medical Center 6

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