Consultation with a member of the Nutrition Services team is offered to all U-M Comprehensive Cancer Center patients.
Arrange an appointment by calling 877-907-0859.
Managing Side Effects and/or Late Effects of Treatment
Cancer Nutrition Services: Managing Eating Problems
When you're having problems eating
- Tell your doctor if you are having problems with diarrhea, nausea, vomiting or pain.
Medications can help.
- Check with your doctor about the use of laxatives or stool softeners if constipation is a problem.
- Try adding 1 or 2 tablespoons of wheat bran to your food or drinking warm prune juice 3 or 4
times a day. Constipation can often contribute to decreased appetite.
- Eat small, frequent meals and snacks throughout the day.
- Try eating foods that need less chewing, such as cottage cheese, eggs, fish and soft meats.
- Try chopped or ground meats mixed with a sauce in a casserole if meats are too difficult to
eat or don't taste good.
- Include fruits and juices with your meals. These are usually easy to eat and may perk up your
taste for other foods.
- Allow friends and family to prepare meals for you. Don't hesitate to accept their offers.
Be sure to tell them if there are certain foods you can't eat very well or don't like.
- Take advantage of the times you feel well. Breakfast is the best meal for many people.
- Sometimes an appetite stimulant can be helpful. Talk to your doctor about whether one could help
- Try a commercially prepared liquid nutritional supplement or a milkshake if you don't feel like