For patients receiving radiation therapy to the abdominal area.
Radiation therapy to the abdominal area such as the stomach, the hepatic system, the pancreas and the abdominal cavity can result in nausea and decreased appetite. It usually does not occur until sometime after the first week of treatment. It is important to note, however, that while most do, some people receiving radiation treatment do not experience these side effects. The following suggestions are for your benefit and will help manage the potential side effects of radiation therapy to the abdominal region.
The side effects of nausea and anorexia, the lack of appetite, occurs gradually, so you should be aware of any change in sensitivity to smells, general queasiness, or of food or fluid intake, and report the changes to your dietitian, nurse or doctor. The following are some nutrition suggestions, to start at the beginning of treatment, in an effort to minimize the possible effects of radiation to the abdomen.
Commercially prepared liquids such as those made by Carnation Instant Breakfast (added to low-fat milk) can be very effective and easy ways to get extra nutrition.
*Please do not disregard previously defined dietary restrictions for heart disease, diabetes, or any other condition unless discussed with your dietitian, nurse, or doctor.
**Limit or dilute high sugar/natural sugar containing foods if diarrhea is persistent.