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What eating changes can help me with fatigue if I have lung cancer?

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Eating habits that you can adopt to help you with lung cancer-related fatigue include:

Ask your doctor about taking vitamins. Some foods might make the drugs you take less effective, so be sure to ask your doctor if there’s anything you should avoid.

  • Eating smaller meals every three or four hours instead of three big ones.
  • Eating foods that pack some calories into small amounts, like nuts, cheese, or peanut butter.
  • Eating foods high in iron, like brown rice, whole wheat bread, molasses, peanut butter, and lean meat.

From: Living Your Best With Lung Cancer WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

University of Rochester Medical Center: “Struggling to Breathe: Tips for Managing Dyspnea.”

Roy Castle Cancer Foundation: “Managing Lung Cancer Symptoms: Breathlessness.”

American Society of Clinical Oncology: “Dry Mouth or Xerostomia,” “Family Life.”

University of Arizona Cancer Center: “Tips Before and During Treatment.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Anemia & Iron-Rich Foods.”

The University of Pennsylvania, Oncolink:  “Preparing for Your First Day of Chemotherapy.”

Reviewed by Louise Chang on June 7, 2018

SOURCES:

University of Rochester Medical Center: “Struggling to Breathe: Tips for Managing Dyspnea.”

Roy Castle Cancer Foundation: “Managing Lung Cancer Symptoms: Breathlessness.”

American Society of Clinical Oncology: “Dry Mouth or Xerostomia,” “Family Life.”

University of Arizona Cancer Center: “Tips Before and During Treatment.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Anemia & Iron-Rich Foods.”

The University of Pennsylvania, Oncolink:  “Preparing for Your First Day of Chemotherapy.”

Reviewed by Louise Chang on June 7, 2018

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