On Monday we had to travel to the Marsden in horrendous wind and rain but we made it ok.
My weight drop is now causing concern so an appointment was made with the dietitian.
It is hard when I cant eat meat anymore I find swallowing hard so everything is being cut up like Im a baby but Im going for soft foods and Vegetarian so much tastier
I was given made up drinks that are fortified and I didnt like any of them so I now have ones that I make up with powder and milk so I will try those.
I have a water infection that they are growing and I must up my intake of fluids.
I have said I hate water but was told that any fluid can be counted except coffee as that is a diuretic. Thats music to my ears and so Im drinking other milk shakes and a Strawberry cordial. That means though the journey to the Marsden this week being longer I have to dash into the toilets when we arrive as a 2 hour journey my bladder is full. Goodness what I will do if I get into a longer traffic queue. ha! ha!
So this is my life this week – getting up at 6, on the road before 7 to get my injection each day BUT a bonus that I can eat trifle, Quiche,chips, cream, full fat milk. So alien to me that has been under Weight Watchers on and off since I was 25.
Monday is my scan day so Scanexity is underway because if the result is slow growing I could be taken off the Hyper Trial. They might offer something else but dread they say Palliative Care. I wont accept that I will hunt out a new trial somewhere this old bird will not give in.
There may be times during your cancer treatment when you are unable to eat well. Losing weight or having a reduced food intake can make it more difficult for you to cope with treatments like surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy.
During these times you may need to change the balance of your diet to include different foods. It may also be helpful to alter when or how often you eat to make sure you try to eat enough. These may be short-term or long-term changes depending on your treatment and health.
- Eating well when your appetite is good and your weight is healthy
- Eating well when you have a poor appetite or are losing weight
- Problems that may affect your eating
- Nourishing and supplementary drinks
- Frequently asked questions
What foods should I try to eat?
We should all try to eat a wide variety of different foods to make sure we get the nutrition our bodies need.
Meat, fish, eggs, tofu, soya products, pulses (beans and lentils), Quorn, nuts
These are a good source of protein, which is needed for the growth of body tissue, muscle strength and wound healing. Some also contain fat, so are a good source of energy (calories). They also contain vitamins and minerals.
Dairy products (such as cheese, milk, yoghurt and fromage frais) and non-dairy alternatives (such as soya milk and soya yoghurt)
These contain protein, fat, vitamins and minerals. If you are losing weight choose the full-fat varieties. If eating non-dairy alternatives choose those that are fortified with vitamins and minerals.
Sugar, honey, syrup, treacle and sugary foods, such as chocolate, cakes and sweets
These are good sources of energy.
Butter, margarine, oil, ghee and cream
These are good sources of energy and contain fat-soluble vitamins.
Fruit and vegetables
These are a good source of vitamins and minerals, but not usually of protein and energy. If you have a poor appetite you may need to reduce your normal quantities to enable you to eat higher energy foods.
Aim to drink eight to ten cups or glasses each day. If you have a poor appetite choose nourishing drinks rather than just tea, coffee or water.
Are there any foods I should avoid?
When you are ill or having treatment you are more at risk of getting food poisoning. It is best to avoid the following foods:
- raw or lightly cooked eggs
- soft, ripened cheese (like Brie or Camembert) or blue-veined cheese (like Stilton)
Good food hygiene is also important.
Already following a different diet?
If you are already following a diet for other health reasons you may wish to discuss this with a dietitian.
Find out more
Further information can be found in this section of the website and in the Eating Well booklet, available to download as a PDF below in or by contacting the Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS).