Maintaining a Healthy Diet During Chemotherapy

While it may be your best option, chemotherapy can come with its own set of struggles and side effects. One of the more significant side effects that chemotherapy can bring upon is the disruption of maintaining a healthy diet. Eating a healthy diet is imperative when fighting off cancer as your body needs to be at full strength to stave off infection. But chemo can be tricky and can change the way your body reacts to different foods. That’s why we made a guide to maintaining a healthy diet during chemotherapy.

Chemo can cause a wide range of issues that interfere with healthy eating. These challenges can affect different people in different ways: chemotherapy can cause nausea, vomiting and diarrhea or constipation. It can cause appetite loss, dry mouth, mouth sores and even change one’s sense of taste and smell that can make eating unpleasant. Lactose intolerance is another side effect along with potentially losing an extreme amount of weight or even gaining a lot of weight.

The guide below can help you navigate your food choices when chemotherapy gets in the way of your normal eating routines. These, of course, are merely suggestions and do not replace the opinions or diet plans of your physician or dietician. Continue reading for more!

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