Chemotherapy, as anyone who has gone through will tell you, can come with its very own, serious side effects. The radiation from the treatment can make your mealtime especially difficult as chemotherapy can alter your appetite and your sense or taste and smell. It can make you nauseous, making it difficult to keep food down. You may experience diarrhea or constipation, severe weight loss or gain, and/or pains from dry mouth or mouth sores. All these potential symptoms can make maintaining a healthy diet extremely hard and this is at a time where being well fed with healthy foods is imperative to maintain strength to fight off any illnesses that may arise during your weakened state.
The infographic below, 20 Healthy Diet Tips for Chemotherapy, is important reading for anyone who is undergoing or soon to undergo chemotherapy. The tips are easy to follow and simple enough to keep in mind. Anything that will make eating more enjoyable and more nutritious during the course of treatment will be beneficial as you will feel stronger and healthier to fight off the cancer and side effects of chemo.
Consulting a physician or a dietician to plan out your diet is always recommended, and this guide does not exist to take the place of the experts, but it can be a good start. Continue reading the guide for dietary inspiration.