SIMPLIFY NUTRITION

when treatment feels complicated

DEALING WITH SIDE EFFECTS

What are you experiencing today?

Fatigue

FATIGUE

TASTE CHANGES

TASTE CHANGES

APPETITE LOSS

APPETITE LOSS

TIP

Try eating small, frequent meals throughout the day.

TIP

Serving foods cold or at room temperature can help lessen their taste and smell.

TIP

Eat 5-6 small meals or healthy snacks a day.

MOUTH SORENESS

MOUTH SORENESS

DIARRHEA

DIARRHEA

NAUSEA

NAUSEA

TIP

Brush your teeth 2-3 times per day with an extra-soft toothbrush, rinsing 3-4 times and flossing gently.

TIP

Rinse your mouth frequently with a baking soda rinse to remove food and bacteria and promote healing.

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If dry mouth is a problem, try sucking on hard candy, sugar-free chewing gum, or frequently drinking water.

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Numbing lozenges and sprays can relieve mouth and throat pain.

TIP

Eat low-fiber foods like plain yogurt, white bread, and white rice.

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“Dry” forms of grains, such as crackers, pretzels, and toast, may be easiest to handle.

TIP

Try light meals of clear soups, such as chicken soup or bouillon cubes dissolved in hot water.

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Eat high-protein foods, such as skinless chicken or scrambled eggs.

TIP

Try eating small, frequent meals throughout the day.

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Limit or avoid greasy, fatty, and/or spicy food, very sweet food like cake, candy, and cookies, food with strong odors (onions, broccoli, cauliflower, fish, etc.), and hot (temperature-wise) food.

TIP

Ask your healthcare professional about medications that may help you manage cancer-related nausea and vomiting.

TIP

Sit upright for meals and snacks and do not lie down immediately after eating.

Stories of perserverance

  • "I was my dad's caregiver when he had throat cancer. Ensure gave him something to put in his stomach when he could not eat."

    BARBARA