From personal experience, I know how scary the anticipation of the first day of chemo can be. In my case, there was a month interval between my Whipple surgery and chemotherapy. That was to let me be strong enough to endure the rigors of chemo. And rigorous it was. With numerous side effects. BUT, I’d do it all over again because it has improved the overall quality of my life. Thank you Team Vacirca and all the folks at New York Cancer and Blood Specialists.
So, when I came across an infographic on preparing for the first day of chemotherapy, I knew it had to be shared.
For many of us who have undergone chemo, as well as those now undergoing chemo, eating may be quite challenging. The side effects can be sometimes be overwhelming. So, what can we do to eat better during chemotherapy?
“During chemotherapy, meals should be your time-out from everything medical—a chance to rest, build your strength and enjoy the company of loved ones. Eating healthy, satisfying foods every day also can help you:
Stay strong, both mentally and physically
Tolerate your treatments
Protect your good cells against damage from chemo
Fight cancer by boosting your immune system and building your energy stores
However, side effects like mouth sores and nausea can create stress and pain, and keep you from getting the nutrients you need.
Here are eight expert-approved tips to help you beat the discomfort and enjoy your food once again.”
Click the image to access the slideshow and eight tips.