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Health Tip: Boosting Appetite During Chemotherapy

Health Tip: Boosting Appetite During Chemotherapy

04/11/11

(HealthDay News) -- A possible side effect of chemotherapy is loss of appetite. But eating well is important to help your body stay strong during this time of physical and emotional stress.

The U.S. National Cancer Institute suggests ways to boost your appetite:

  • Eat at scheduled times each day, even if it means having just a small meal or a few bites of food.
  • Eat five or six small meals throughout the day, instead of forcing yourself to eat three big meals.
  • If your food tastes metallic, use plastic utensils and glass cookware.
  • Get a little exercise every day, even if it's just a quick walk.
  • If solid food becomes difficult to swallow, have some soup or even a milkshake.
  • Drink fluids throughout the day, but avoid them during and just before a meal, so they don't make you too full to eat.
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Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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