While being your best defense against cancer, chemotherapy is accompanied with serious side effects that can be challenging to deal with. One of the more significant challenges one may face while undergoing chemo is their ability to maintain a healthy diet, which the body desperately needs to fight off infections and to maintain strength.
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 infographic, found below, is a helpful guide on those undergoing chemotherapy. It provides suggestions and tips that are brief enough to always keep in the back of your head. If you can make eating more nutritious and enjoyable over the course of your treatment, then you’re going to feel healthier and healthier as time goes on.
Of course, if these tips and all else fails, consult with your physician or a dietician to review your diet plans. Continue reading for dietary inspiration.