Getting well between/after chemo treatments?


Question from BridgetS46: How do you get well between chemo treatments and how do you detox after chemo finishes?
Answers - Cyndi Thomson, Ph.D., R.D. Research has shown that women who remain physically active during treatment have less fatigue and improved quality of life. Thus at this point in time we would recommend that women try to work a daily walk into their schedule to help promote physical activity during treatment—realizing of course that when you're not feeling well it can be difficult to stay physically active.
Marisa Weiss, M.D. Be sure to tell your doctor or nurse if you are having certain symptoms, like nausea or pain because it's likely they can give you something to relieve those symptoms. Helping you with trouble sleeping is important. Rest is important.
Cyndi Thomson, Ph.D., R.D. It's important to get plenty of fluids and eat a balanced diet as much as possible. Avoid high intakes of caffeine prior to bed time. Sugars may cause a short term increase in energy, but within an hour or two a drop of energy. Avoid alcohol, particularly close to bed time. Avoidance of alcohol is generally a good idea during treatment.
Marisa Weiss, M.D. Give up the housework and go buy some shoes and jewelry!

On Wednesday, January 19, 2005, our Ask-the-Expert Online Conference was called Nutrition and Weight. Cyndi Thomson, Ph.D., R.D. and Marisa Weiss M.D. answered your questions about nutrition and weight.

The materials presented in these conferences do not necessarily reflect the views of Breastcancer.org. A qualified healthcare professional should be consulted before using any therapeutic product or regimen discussed. All readers should verify all information and data before employing any therapies described here.

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