what to eat:
chemotherapy patients

For patients undergoing chemotherapy, nausea and vomiting can occur. It may be helpful to eat multiple, smaller meals throughout the day rather than two or three large meals.

  • Snack choices requiring little preparation are good to have on hand. That includes things such as crackers with cheese, yogurt, pudding, nuts, and canned fruit.
  • Stay away from snacks that could make treatment-related side effects worse. For example, if you’re experiencing diarrhea, it’s best to avoid raw fruits and vegetables. If your throat is irritated, stay away from dry, crunchy foods and foods with high acid levels such as citrus.
  • If you have a sore throat/mouth or dry mouth, try smoothies, warm soups, yogurt, pudding, or mashed potatoes for easy swallowing. Broth, gravy, or sauce can soften foods. Frozen grapes or peach slices might ease mouth/throat pain.
  • Fried, greasy foods can be hard to digest, so keep them to a minimum.
  • Bland, salty foods such as chicken noodle soup and pretzels may help with nausea.
  • Be sure to drink plenty of fluids throughout the day, though limit the amount of liquid you consume during meals because it may make you feel full even if you haven’t eaten much.