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Can eating smaller meals or drinking your meals help with nausea and loss of appetite from immunotherapy for lung cancer?

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If you don’t want to eat or feel sick to your stomach, try several small meals a day. Choose high-protein, high-calorie foods. Add butter, sauces, and syrups to your dishes to make them tasty and add calories. You can also drink your meals. Milkshakes, smoothies, and protein shakes may go down better than solid food. They’re high in calories, and you can add nutrients to them with fruit, veggies, and protein powder. Cold foods like shakes can also be easier when nausea is a problem.

From: Managing Side Effects of Treatment WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Cancer Institute: “Appetite Loss,” “Constipation,” “Immunotherapy,” “Nausea and Vomiting,”

Dana Farber Cancer Institute: “What Are the Side Effects of Immunotherapy?”

American Lung Association: “What You Need to Know About Lung Cancer Immunotherapy.”

LungCancer.org: “Understanding the Role of Immuno-Oncology in Treating Cancer.”

American Cancer Society: “Caring for the Patient With Cancer at Home: Appetite, poor,” “Caring for the Patient With Cancer at Home: Constipation,” “Caring for the Patient With Cancer at Home: Nausea and Vomiting,” “Shortness of Breath.”

CA: A Journal for Clinicians : “Self-Care Activities for the Person with Nausea and Vomiting.”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on August 21, 2019

SOURCES:

National Cancer Institute: “Appetite Loss,” “Constipation,” “Immunotherapy,” “Nausea and Vomiting,”

Dana Farber Cancer Institute: “What Are the Side Effects of Immunotherapy?”

American Lung Association: “What You Need to Know About Lung Cancer Immunotherapy.”

LungCancer.org: “Understanding the Role of Immuno-Oncology in Treating Cancer.”

American Cancer Society: “Caring for the Patient With Cancer at Home: Appetite, poor,” “Caring for the Patient With Cancer at Home: Constipation,” “Caring for the Patient With Cancer at Home: Nausea and Vomiting,” “Shortness of Breath.”

CA: A Journal for Clinicians : “Self-Care Activities for the Person with Nausea and Vomiting.”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on August 21, 2019

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