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Having a hard time eating while on cancer treatment

December 30, 2021


From losing your appetite, becoming lactose intolerant, and dealing with taste changes, receiving cancer treatment can cause eating problems. If you or someone you know is having a hard time eating, there can be several reason as to why, and each has a different solution. For appetite loss, drinking a liquid or powdered meal replacement is a great alternative when it’s difficult to eat. Dividing three meals into five or six smaller ones each day can be easier than eating three larger meals. Easy snacks such as peanut butter, crackers, nuts, dried fruit or granola bars can be a way to manage your nutritional needs. Another reason why someone may have a hard time eating can be due to nausea. While nausea can be a side effect of surgery or cancer treatment, there’s still ways to manage with food. Eating foods that are easy on your stomach, such as white toast or plain yogurt, can help. The important thing is to not skip meals or snacks. In fact, having an empty stomach can make nausea worse. If you’re struggling to eat and nothing seems to be working, you can talk to your doctor about medications that can prevent or help these issues.

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