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Old 01-13-2003, 08:42 PM   #1
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Post Palatable foods

I have a friend with cancer. She is currently undergoing both radiation and chemo therapies. Even though she is taking appetite enhancing drugs, she still has no appetite and continues to lose weight. Can anyone suggest some foods that I could recommend or send that others have found pallatable under similar medical circumstances? Thank you in advance for any and all replies.

Old 01-14-2003, 02:15 AM   #2
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Here are a few things to try:

Macaroni and cheese (homemade, with the less sharp cheddar cheese)

Ensure...comes in several flavors

Ice was one of the few things I could consistently eat while on chemo

If the patient can tolerate some ice cream, you may want to make a milk shake using some Ensure and some ice cream.

If he/she is not experiencing nausea, the lack of appetite may be due to depression. If that's the case, he/she may need to treat the depression as well as the cancer.

Good luck. It's very kind of you to be looking for help for your friend.

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Old 01-14-2003, 02:52 PM   #3
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Thank You SamQKitty. I suspect you're right about the depression, and treatment for that would be beneficial I'm sure. I'll pass to her your wonderful and considerate suggestions.

Old 01-16-2003, 09:12 PM   #4
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Something else to keep in mind is that each chemo med [plus all of the adjuvant meds] can alter taste perception in different and unpredictable ways. Even a favorite food can be unappetizing depending on where a person is in their therapy.

Let your friend's sense of smell be your guide as to what she might enjoy. And, bring her some of her old favorites including foods not typically considered convalescent fare.

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