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Doctor insights on: Diet For Chemo And Radiation Patients

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How does a patient survive the horrors of chemo and radiation? What are common side effects? Can these treatments make you so sick that you die?

How does a patient survive the horrors of chemo and radiation? What are common side effects? Can these treatments make you so sick that you die?

Find support: Ask your doctors for leads to good information on exactly what will be done and what to expect - not just once but as treatment progresses. Also get leads to local support groups & reliable literature. It will help if you drop words like "horrors" to true, but less emotional ones. High quality care will evaluate your ability to handle treatment and work w/in safe limits. Psychotherapy can help too. ...Read more

Dr. Arthur Heller
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Diet (Definition)

refers to all the physical matter humans (like all living creatures) must take in on a recurring basis; only partially for energy. Like all life on planet humans are open systems which keep tearing down their structure & require intake of atoms/molecules from which to rebuild their structure. Intestinal lining cells replaced ~every 3 days. CaPO4 in bones ~every 6 years, ...Read more


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Is there a special diet I should be following if i’m getting chemo and radiation?

Is there a special diet I should be following if i’m getting chemo and radiation?

Possibly: One example may be if the treatments cause diarrhea we suggest a low fiber diet and have it in written format that lists what to eat and avoid to help control the diarrhea. If we do suggest a diet however its after a symptom develops and the diet is recommended. Higher protein and calories may be needed if the patient is fatigued or losing weight. We guide the patient as needed. ...Read more

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Can you please suggest a liquid diet, high calorie menu or recipe for a mouth cancer patient who is undergoing chemotherapy and radiation?

Can you please suggest a liquid diet, high calorie menu or recipe for a mouth cancer patient who is undergoing chemotherapy and radiation?

High protein: There are many high protein, high energy commercially available drinks such as Boost and Ensure. Also try chicken or beef broth, Egg Drop Soup, pudding, yoghurt, ice cream, milk shakes, eggs, etc. consult with a Nutritionist who will have lots of great ideas. ...Read more

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Are the side effects of chemo and radiation permanent, or will they eventually go away?

Are the side effects of chemo and radiation permanent, or will they eventually go away?

Mostly go away: Side effects will usually improve and go away. However minor liveable changes may be permanent. Often patients may say they are not 100% back to normal but close. It depends on many factors and what has been exposed to how much radiation. ...Read more

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What are chemo and radiation like? Are they painful?

What are chemo and radiation like? Are they painful?

NOT Painful: This is a common misconception among lay people. Chemo is use of drugs. Taking any drug should not be painful. of course if it is an iv injection, there is some short lived discomfort. radiation is use of Rays, they are painless. So try to understand these things than just believing hearsay. ...Read more

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Had chemo and radiation improved over the last 20 years and how so?

Had chemo and radiation improved over the last 20 years and how so?

Yes: Radiation has been developed to give more specific sites of therapy without a penumbra affecting surrounding normal tissue. As such we see use of gamma knife and cyberknife treatment giving high doses in a short period of time to a very localized area. The chemo has added new drugs working thru other mechanisms other than effecting nuclear dna such as the taxanes, gemcitabine and the platinums. ...Read more

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My grandma is taking chemo and radiation, what's the best foods for her to eat?

Diet: Well balanced food, well cooked and not raw. Try to cut down carbohydrates and red meat especially processed red meat. No alcohol and no cigarette. When taking chemo-many time appetite is affected and decreased. Try to encourage your grandma to still eat her meals. If nauseous, hot food or very cold food may help better than food in room temperature. Best of luck for your grandma. ...Read more

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Are chemo and radiation ever performed together for cancer?

Are chemo and radiation ever performed together for cancer?

Very common: Depending on the cancer site and the stage, these are very frequently complementary and synergistic treatment methods. In select patients they are also combined with surgery. ...Read more

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What stage of cancer does someone who has gotten 3 rounds of chemo and radiation have?

What stage of cancer does someone who has gotten 3 rounds of chemo and radiation have?

???: Not enough information to answer the question but if a patient has cancer and is to be treated, it is important that he/she at least know the type and stage as well as the benefits and side effects of the therapy. ...Read more

Gamma Rays (Definition)

This is light of extremely short wavelengths typically produced either among the stars / in cosmic rays or by radioactive element decay. Gamma rays form the background of normal radiation in which we all live; it is substantially greater than the exposure we get from imaging scans or should get from ...Read more


Dr. Devon Webster
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Chemotherapy (Definition)

The term chemotherapy typically is used to describe using chemicals to treat ...Read more