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A small part of the chemo journey - shaving the hair on your head and dealing with baldness. What cancer takes away - and family gives back. Unconditionally

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  • Evelyn H. Profile

    My mom started with chemo last Tuesday. Yesterday she ate some fruits, but today she only ate gelatine and an apple because she has nausea and vomiting. I wonder if its normal the fact of don’t want to eat anything and how many days it could last?

    Asked by anonymous

    Family Member or Loved One
    over 6 years 9 answers
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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Evelyn,
      Since this was her first, nobody, even the oncologist doesn't know how she will react. At her next appointment, she needs to TELL them what her reactions were. They can tweak her anti-nausea meds and make things better for her. I was given a drug called "Emend" and never had any...

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      Evelyn,
      Since this was her first, nobody, even the oncologist doesn't know how she will react. At her next appointment, she needs to TELL them what her reactions were. They can tweak her anti-nausea meds and make things better for her. I was given a drug called "Emend" and never had any nausea. The other reaction she may experience and there is nothing that can be done for this is your sense of smell and taste can change during your treatment. Food can take on an odd taste and you become picky about what you can eat.
      Some foods cooking, you can't tolerate. Again this is temporary and fairly common. You just have to go with it. I ended up craving greens.... salads, spinach, and "hot pockets" (frozen sandwiches you heat in the microwave). It is funny to hear the combinations of things women eat when they are on chemo.
      The best thing is to work with the oncologist for anti-nausea meds. Things can be made to be a LOT more comfy. Hang in there.... take care, Sharon

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    • Marianne R. Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      Have her talk to her onc. They know her case best and will give her suggestions for the nausea or maybe a new medication. During chemo I mostly ate yogurt, crackers, and chocolate ensure.

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    What kind of fruits & vegetables are best to eat during chemo?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 6 years 11 answers
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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      I LOVED everybody's suggestions! Your taste will change.... eat what you can and drink, drink, drink, plenty of fluids. I developed a craving for greens..... salads, bags of spinach, but lost my taste for chocolate and coffee.
      (Marianne.... --loved-- the rusty pipes and chocolate!!!)
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      I LOVED everybody's suggestions! Your taste will change.... eat what you can and drink, drink, drink, plenty of fluids. I developed a craving for greens..... salads, bags of spinach, but lost my taste for chocolate and coffee.
      (Marianne.... --loved-- the rusty pipes and chocolate!!!)
      Take care, Sharon

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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I juiced apples carrots bananas melon with a little organic honey. Some days I would alter the juice. I couldn't eat chicken but loved mozerella cheese. It was kinda like having morning sickness. Hope this helps and sending you best wishes on your journey. Jayme

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  • Lynn Rambo Profile

    What have you all found to help stay hydrated when/if water tastes bad during chemo?

    Asked by anonymous

    Patient
    almost 6 years 19 answers
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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Unfortunately, we can only say what tasted good to us, individually. You have to go on that adventure of taste-testing yourself. I did sports drinks, and water with lemon. There are also those little tiny bottles of flavors you can add to water too. Be assured your taste returns to normal. ...

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      Unfortunately, we can only say what tasted good to us, individually. You have to go on that adventure of taste-testing yourself. I did sports drinks, and water with lemon. There are also those little tiny bottles of flavors you can add to water too. Be assured your taste returns to normal. It is so weird how chemo affects your sense of taste and smell. After-the-fact, it is funny to hear what tasted good to us. I was addicted to anything green....salads, spinach, I could eat through an entire produce department! Coffee and chocolate were my favorite before chemo..... during..... I couldn't stand the thought of either! Hang in there, it is only temporary but keep up with the fluids. Take care, Sharon

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    • jan bursky Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I could only drink lemonade or carbonated flavored water. For 5 months I didn't drink water, coffee or wine. But it sure tasted good when chemo was over.

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    My mother just recently got a double masectomy.She is going to start chemo in a few weeks.It will be once every two weeks for a few months(hardest time)then she will have once a week chemo for few months.Just wanted to hear positive experiences from you!

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 6 years 3 answers
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      anonymous
      Stage 2A Patient

      I have chemo every Friday and the third Friday I have Taxater, Herceptin and Charbo. The triple cocktail kicks my butt for a week. My Dr. Is giving me extra nausea and fluids to help me. So far it's working but fighting low energy.

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    • Leah Fortune Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      Sounds like dose dense, but not the type. Dose dense is supposed to be better. In that it hits the cancer harder, from what I've read.

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