Chemotherapy and Appetite

It is true, chemotherapy treatment definitely affects your appetite and palette.  Foods just taste different, sometimes a bit metallic.  Yet keeping your weight and energy up is paramount.  This means you have to eat.  The question is what.

There are several books for cancer patients dealing with these issues.  I would recommend the following:

  1. Anticancer: A New Way of Life by David Servan-Schreiber
  2. Foods That Fight Cancer: Preventing Cancer through Diet by Richard Béliveau, Denis Gingras
  3. The Spectrum: A Scientifically Proven Program to Feel Better, Live Longer, Lose Weight, and Gain Health
    by Dean Ornish M.D.

Interesting side note, my cancer buddy and I always found that on the 4th – 5th day after chemo, we needed something greasy.  It seems it was to absorb the chemicals from the chemo.  I opted for a fried egg sandwich.  She had fish and chips.  Foods we normally didn’t eat, but in the moment were perfect.  Homemade soups and smoothies are also a good option. 

It’s a time to suspend diets per se and eat.  Try to stay away from junk food and highly sugared items.  When you are over this part of your treatment is the time to get back to a nutritious lifestyle and the above books are extremely insightful.

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