Maintaining a Healthy Diet During Chemotherapy

While it is your best defense for certain kinds of cancer, chemotherapy comes with a multitude of side effects. One of the more challenging side effects is its disruption to your diet. Chemo can cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, appetite loss, dry mouth, sore throat, loss of taste and smell and fluctuation of weight. All inhibiting your ability to maintain a healthy diet.

This is especially difficult because at this weakened state, your body needs all nutrients it can get. Maintaining strength to fend off infection is key, and your diet is a big part of that.

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. 


Kelly Tate