In patients receiving chemotherapy, good nutrition can be affected by fatigue, pain and fever, and the many symptoms that occur during and after chemotherapy treatments for cancer. The objective is how to combat these demonstrations and maintain a proper diet after treatment.
Experts recommend tips in order to control symptoms and maintain a proper diet after chemotherapy. One of the most characteristic symptoms is loss of appetite (anorexia), to counter it is advisable to plan a daily menu in advance, choose foods high in calories and protein (ie, stews, smoothies fortified peanut butter added to the sandwiches) , have snacks on hand all the time, eat breakfast at least one third of the calories and protein you need.
After chemotherapy treatments, soft foods may improve swallowing problems. These foods tend to fall more easily.
We recommend taking vitamin-rich smoothies. The liquids are usually easier to tolerate, especially if swallowing difficulties are related to a narrowing of the esophagus.
There are foods to be avoided, especially during and after chemotherapy, such as spicy or very spicy (ie, hot pepper, curry, Cajun spice mix), fiber-rich foods, ie fruits and raw vegetables, coarse grains, fatty or fried foods, nuts, seeds or dried fruits, caffeinated drinks (coffee, strong tea, soft drinks and possibly chocolate).
It is advisable to decrease the amount of total fiber or use a good source of soluble fiber, ie, rice, bananas, white bread, oatmeal, mashed potatoes, applesauce or applesauce, chicken or turkey without skin and boneless.
It is recommended talking to a professional about proper nutrition, taking into account the type of treatment received.