You need to eat enough protein and calories to keep your weight up. See also: Eating extra calories when you are sick - adults
Tips to make eating easier:
- Choose foods that you like.
- Serve foods with gravy, broths, or sauces to make them easier to chew and swallow.
- Eat small meals, and eat more often during the day.
- Cut your food into small pieces.
- Ask your doctor or dentist if artificial saliva might help you.
Drink at least 4 to 6 glasses of liquid each day (not including coffee or tea, or other drinks that have caffeine in them).
Ask your doctor about liquid food supplements. These can help you get enough calories.
Do not drink alcohol. It will bother your throat. Do not eat very spicy foods, acidic foods, or foods that are very hot or cold.
If pills are hard to swallow, try crushing them and mixing them with some ice cream or another soft food.
Watch out for these signs of edema (swelling) in your arm.
- You have a feeling of tightness in your arm.
- Rings on your fingers get tighter.
- Your arm feels weak.
- You have pain, aching, or heaviness in your arm.
- Your arm is red, swollen, or there are signs of infection.
See also: Lymphedema
Ask your doctor or nurse about exercises you can do to keep your arm moving freely.
Most people who get radiation treatment begin to feel tired after a few days. If you feel tired:
- Do not try to do too much in a day. You probably will not be able to do everything you are used to doing.
- Try to get more sleep at night. Rest during the day when you can.
- Take a few weeks off work, or work less.