Not Eating during Chemo - help!

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Not Eating during Chemo - help!

by SSPumpkin on Tue Apr 28, 2009 12:00 AM

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I currently have 7 weeks of my 18 weeks of chemo left.  I go weekly to chemo.  My taste buds are burnt.  I can only eat bananas and I drink carnation instant b'fast shakes.  I have tried everything to eat, trust me everything and I just can't stomach eating much.  I do take a multivit. and B-6, and I have added Ensure to drink so I get more nutrients.  I don't really think there is much I can do, but I was wondering if anyone else is have as much trouble as I am with eating.  I'm on Taxatere and Carbo.  Thank you for any help you can give.

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by HNutritionTherapist on Tue Jun 02, 2009 12:00 AM

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You're on some tough meds. Carboplatin is known for doing a number on your taste buds. As a nutritionist I would recommend that you try sour or tart foods and maybe a citrus marinade on meats. Make sure you are using your anti-nausea medications before meals and try to eat often. Also the best thing you could do is to find out if your cancer center has a dietitian/nutritionist that you can consult. I wish you well. Just a few more weeks!

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by NJ123 on Tue Jun 02, 2009 12:00 AM

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My husband is going through the same deal with the taste buds.  He has found that he can tolerate a baked potatoe with chili and cheese, he eats one every day for lunch from Wendy's.  I have also started adding spicy hot peppers to meals and he can taste the spices so it allows him to stomach chicken.  He too has a real hard time eating, and he has been on chemo for almost 6 months now and no real end in sight yet.

If you could handle eating milk shakes, they have tons of calories and by adding a protein powder in them it can help with your protein intake.

Good luck

 

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by Puna1 on Tue Jun 02, 2009 12:00 AM

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I just finished 18 chemo treatments (carbo & taxol).  I count not eat and lost 25 lbs before starting my chemo so I totally understand.  I can not stand ensure but I tried Boost, I think it comes in different flavors, I had the chocolate.  I would freeze it so it just was similar to a Wendy's frosty.  That was a life saver for me as I could not eat!!!!!!!!!  Also make a shake with bananna, instant breakfast, coconut milk and protein powder.  Let me know how it goes.

Do you have ovarian cancer and if so when was your surgery?

Puna

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by BrittaA on Sat Aug 08, 2009 12:00 AM

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On 4/28/2009 S&SPumpkin wrote:

I currently have 7 weeks of my 18 weeks of chemo left.  I go weekly to chemo.  My taste buds are burnt.  I can only eat bananas and I drink carnation instant b'fast shakes.  I have tried everything to eat, trust me everything and I just can't stomach eating much.  I do take a multivit. and B-6, and I have added Ensure to drink so I get more nutrients.  I don't really think there is much I can do, but I was wondering if anyone else is have as much trouble as I am with eating.  I'm on Taxatere and Carbo.  Thank you for any help you can give.





Hi S&SPumkin,



I’m a cancer survivor and was a caregiver to my
father who battled cancer for 8 years.  I
couldn't find much information on dealing with the side effects of chemo and
radiation treatment so I started a blog, www.CincoVidas.com
 that provides information on chemo and
radiation side effects.



I wrote a post on
my own experience in caring for my father who suffered with the horrible
“metal” taste you are experiencing and a promising fruit that has helped many
patients http://blog.cincovidas.com/could-this-tiny-red-miracle-fruit



I hope this helps.



 



Love, strength and
survival,



Britta



 

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by annsher88 on Wed Apr 11, 2012 08:22 PM

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I definitely experienced similar side effects during chemo. I definitely ate smaller portions, but I made sure to eat a balanced, "mini-meal" every 2-4 hours. Even if I wasn't hungry, if 4 hours had passed, I just made myself eat. Oatmeal, bananas, and ALMOND BUTTER were my best friends. I had to steer clear of dairy, that made me really sick. Good luck! 

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by ssmustang69 on Fri Feb 20, 2015 02:25 PM

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Hi, sorry to here about your condition. That said I am and have been going through chemo as well. On year 2 now. Know cure for me at this point just maintinence. So I went from 194 lbs to 163 lbs. would not eat stuck in that cycle vomit going out of my mind etc. what helped me to ease the vomiting was medical marihuana. Not sure which state your in and talk to your doc about this. It is not a cure all, but it seems to give enough of a break to relax my spasm's and eat alittle (sometimes a lot) which was wonderful. I found out eat alittle at a time and find out what you can tolerate. I have gained back 25 lbs. keep your chin up, and I wish you and all our chemo friends the best, I say friends because I am not sure what else to call all of us going through. Steve

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by AJC16 on Mon Apr 25, 2016 04:02 AM

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Thank you all for the information. My 85 year old dad is going through the eating issues while going through weekly treatments with carboplatin and paclitaxel, plus daily radiation for stage 2 Esophageal adenocarcinoma.  His first 3 weeks were a breeze but the last 3 has been rough-he barely eats anything but maybe a boost a day and some apple juice. He lives alone and is adamant about not inconveniencing anyone to come and stay with him. He thinks he can just tough it out for another week when he is done with this. I am worried sick that he will not make it through this. The doctor considered a feeding tube but they decided not to. The nurse told me as long as he is hydrated a lot of patients just live on what the body has already stored. He has lost about 20-25 pounds. I know without proper nutrition his immune system will be hard pressed to fight off any infection he may contract (mercifully he has been ok to this point). Any other insight and/or suggestions would be very much appreciated. Blessings to everyone <3 

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by Mack1994 on Thu May 10, 2018 11:03 PM

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On Apr 25, 2016 4:02 AM AJC16 wrote:

Thank you all for the information. My 85 year old dad is going through the eating issues while going through weekly treatments with carboplatin and paclitaxel, plus daily radiation for stage 2 Esophageal adenocarcinoma.  His first 3 weeks were a breeze but the last 3 has been rough-he barely eats anything but maybe a boost a day and some apple juice. He lives alone and is adamant about not inconveniencing anyone to come and stay with him. He thinks he can just tough it out for another week when he is done with this. I am worried sick that he will not make it through this. The doctor considered a feeding tube but they decided not to. The nurse told me as long as he is hydrated a lot of patients just live on what the body has already stored. He has lost about 20-25 pounds. I know without proper nutrition his immune system will be hard pressed to fight off any infection he may contract (mercifully he has been ok to this point). Any other insight and/or suggestions would be very much appreciated. Blessings to everyone <3 

My neighbor and good friend was just treated for stage 2 adenocarcinoma and he had great difficulty with eating, lost about 40 lbs, but then another neighbor who is a bodybuilder suggest a high protein, high calorie shake that the body builders use, tastes good as it's vanilla or chocolate, my friend consumed about three or four of these shakes a day and actully started to put weight back on. You are correct, without, at least decent nutrtion he can become immuno-supressed and even anemic.

If you go to one of the sports nutrition stores I beleive they would be willing to give you some samples he can try to determine which one he would like taste wise and also can tolerate. Personally I think that adding a scoop of ice cream makes it even tastier and adds calories.

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by AJC16 on Fri May 11, 2018 05:56 AM

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On May 10, 2018 11:03 PM Mack1994 wrote:

On Apr 25, 2016 4:02 AM AJC16 wrote:

Thank you all for the information. My 85 year old dad is going through the eating issues while going through weekly treatments with carboplatin and paclitaxel, plus daily radiation for stage 2 Esophageal adenocarcinoma.  His first 3 weeks were a breeze but the last 3 has been rough-he barely eats anything but maybe a boost a day and some apple juice. He lives alone and is adamant about not inconveniencing anyone to come and stay with him. He thinks he can just tough it out for another week when he is done with this. I am worried sick that he will not make it through this. The doctor considered a feeding tube but they decided not to. The nurse told me as long as he is hydrated a lot of patients just live on what the body has already stored. He has lost about 20-25 pounds. I know without proper nutrition his immune system will be hard pressed to fight off any infection he may contract (mercifully he has been ok to this point). Any other insight and/or suggestions would be very much appreciated. Blessings to everyone <3 

My neighbor and good friend was just treated for stage 2 adenocarcinoma and he had great difficulty with eating, lost about 40 lbs, but then another neighbor who is a bodybuilder suggest a high protein, high calorie shake that the body builders use, tastes good as it's vanilla or chocolate, my friend consumed about three or four of these shakes a day and actully started to put weight back on. You are correct, without, at least decent nutrtion he can become immuno-supressed and even anemic.

If you go to one of the sports nutrition stores I beleive they would be willing to give you some samples he can try to determine which one he would like taste wise and also can tolerate. Personally I think that adding a scoop of ice cream makes it even tastier and adds calories.

Hi and thank you so much for the reply. My original post was from just about 2 years ago. I am happy to report that even though my dad did eventually lose about 40 - 45 pounds total, he is back to his starting weight of about 195 and is doing great! Clear scans so far. He was able to avoid the feeding tube which was huge for him. I was able to convince him (and his doctor) that giving him the OK to live with his lady friend, even though out of his medical teams area, would be the best way for him to recover. Having someone with him 24/7 and constantly putting food in front of him was key to getting him to eat again. A few other small roadblocks (elimination issues were brutal) but all in all he battled through. Hope your friend comes through this with the best possible results! Thanks again.

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