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What is a caregiver's eating checklist for people with cancer?

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  • It's normal for someone to not feel hungry during treatment. Help the person eat a bigger meal when appetite is good.
  • Keep liquid meal replacements handy for when they don’t want to eat. Soft and cold foods like protein milkshakes and Popsicles are tasty options.
  • Offer lots of liquids, especially on days when they don’t eat. Clear soups and juices, water, sports drinks, and weak tea without caffeine are good.
  • Keep food nearby, so they eat when they want.
  • Keep favorite snacks near the bed.
  • Find ways to add protein to meals: Sprinkle cheese on vegetables and eggs. Use milk instead of water in hot cereals and soups. Add nonfat instant dry milk to drinks.

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "Caring for the Patient with Cancer at Home," "What It Takes to Be a Caregiver."

Cancer Council SA: "Skin Care During Cancer Treatment."

Cancer Research UK: "Social life and activities during chemotherapy."

Cancer Support Community: "Mind Body."

University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center: "Mouth Care for Chemotherapy Patients."

Moffitt Cancer Center: "Hair Loss and Cancer."

National Cancer Institute: "Eating Hints."

Reviewed by Louise Chang on June 12, 2018

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "Caring for the Patient with Cancer at Home," "What It Takes to Be a Caregiver."

Cancer Council SA: "Skin Care During Cancer Treatment."

Cancer Research UK: "Social life and activities during chemotherapy."

Cancer Support Community: "Mind Body."

University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center: "Mouth Care for Chemotherapy Patients."

Moffitt Cancer Center: "Hair Loss and Cancer."

National Cancer Institute: "Eating Hints."

Reviewed by Louise Chang on June 12, 2018

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