5 Tips to Make Food Tastier While Living With Cancer

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Taste plays a vital role in choosing your food and is part of the reason you derive pleasure from eating and drinking. Your cancer treatment can affect your sense of taste causing your food to; lack flavour, taste too sweet, salty or metallic.
Normally these changes are temporary and will begin to improve over time but it can be hard to maintain your calorie intake and meet your body’s protein, vitamin and mineral needs. There are things you can to do to help make food tastier while living with cancer, and here are recommendations from experts and people living with cancer.

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Steroids and Cancer

Steroids are substances that you make naturally in your body. They can be replicated in the lab to help treat certain side effects or symptoms, or to increase the effectiveness of certain chemotherapy drugs. Steroids play important roles in several different mechanisms throughout the body, including fight and flight (stress) and immune responses.

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Why you should flush the toilet twice after chemotherapy

Some of the precautions you should make in the home after  your chemotherapy treatment

flush the toilet twice after chemotherapy

Precautions need to be taken to protect you, family members and your caregivers from coming into contact with chemotherapy medicine. Chemotherapy leaves the body through urine, vomit, blood, stool, sweat, mucus and sexual fluids.

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5 Tips for Living Better With Cancer During Thanksgiving

If you’re living with cancer this Thanksgiving, the holiday might be feeling a little more stressful than usual. Big family get-togethers, heavy meals, new scents, sounds, and travel can all deplete your energy.

To help, we’ve put together 5 simple tips for navigating Thanksgiving supper when you’re living with cancer.

Live Better With Cancer at Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving Alternatives – What To Eat When Cancer Steals Your Appetite

The thought of a full Thanksgiving meal might be overwhelming if you’re living with cancer, so we’ve put together a yummy list of alternative thanksgiving recipes that are tailored to help you manage your symptoms and side-effects.

Thanksgiving alternatives

Some of the most common side effects reported by people living with cancer are eating difficulties, including nausea, mouth soreness, trouble swallowing, dry mouth, or a loss of taste. So how can you still be part of the Thanksgiving celebrations if a huge roast dinner with all the trimmings is out of the question?

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Keeping Calm and Steady During Cancer

How Androulla Pieri navigated her breast cancer journey – and found mindfulness and gratitude in the process.

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Androulla Pieri says that being diagnosed with breast cancer was a “bolt out of the blue.” At 46, and on the cusp of starting a new job, Androulla’s Stage 3 diagnosis came as a complete shock.

Since that diagnosis nine years ago, we’re happy to report that Androulla has become healthier and more contented in many ways!

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Are you experiencing changes to your taste during chemotherapy?

Taste changes chemotherapy cancer

From a metallic or chalky taste to food tasting bland or different, it is common to experience changes to taste while undergoing cancer treatment

During chemotherapy or radiotherapy, you may notice that you no longer enjoy certain foods, find that all foods taste the same or notice a metallic or chalky taste in your mouth. This can mean you no longer enjoy the foods you used to like before you developed cancer, and struggle to find new things to eat.

Figures show that 50% of people on chemotherapy will be affected by taste changes and it can last up to one month after treatment stops. Other causes for taste changes are usually due to damage to the taste buds either from radiotherapy to the area or from the tumour itself.

Here are some taste changes you may notice: 

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Eating Better With Cancer Part 2: Foods to Eat When You’re Feeling Sick

Cancer patient eating healthy food

Eating better with cancer is possible – even when food seems completely unappealing. We’ve collected hundreds of helpful products to help you manage your diet throughout cancer, and we’ve also written a comprehensive guide to eating during cancer treatment. 

If you’ve read part 1 of our Eating Better With Cancer series, you’ll know that it’s best to prioritise two things: keeping your calories up during treatment, and doing what feels best for you.  Continue reading “Eating Better With Cancer Part 2: Foods to Eat When You’re Feeling Sick”