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Chemotherapy and You: Support for People With Cancer

  • Posted: 06/29/2007

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Foods To Help With Side Effects

Clear Liquids
Liquid Foods
Foods and Drinks That Are High in Calories or Protein
High-Fiber Foods
Low-Fiber Foods
Foods That Are Easy on a Sore Mouth
Foods and Drinks That Are Easy on the Stomach

Clear Liquids

This list may help if you have:

TypeExamples
SoupsBouillon
Clear, fat-free broth
Consommé  
DrinksClear apple juice
Clear carbonated beverages
Fruit-flavored drinks
Fruit juice, such as cranberry or grape
Fruit punch
Sports drinks
Water
Weak tea with no caffeine  
SweetsFruit ices made without fruit pieces or milk
Gelatin
Honey
Jelly
Popsicles  

Liquid Foods

This list may help if you:

TypeExamples
SoupsBouillon
Broth
Cheese soup
Soup that has been strained or put through a blender
Soup with pureed potatoes
Tomato soup  
DrinksCarbonated beverages
Coffee
Eggnog (pasteurized and alcohol free)
Fruit drinks
Fruit juices
Fruit punch
Milk (all types)
Milkshakes
Smoothies
Sports drinks
Tea
Tomato juice
Vegetable juice
Water  
FatsButter
Cream
Margarine
Oil
Sour cream  
SweetsCustard (soft or baked)
Frozen yogurt
Fruit purees that are watered down
Gelatin
Honey
Ice cream with no chunks (such as nuts or cookie pieces)
Ice milk
Jelly
Pudding
Syrup
Yogurt (plain or vanilla)  
Replacements and supplementsInstant breakfast drinks
Liquid meal replacements  

Foods and Drinks That Are High in Calories or Protein

This list may help if you do not feel like eating. See Appetite Changes.

TypeExamples
SoupsCream soups
Soups with lentils, dried peas, or beans (such as pinto, black, red, or kidney)  
DrinksInstant breakfast drinks
Milkshakes
Smoothies
Whole milk  
Main meals and other foodsBeef
Butter, margarine, or oil added to your food
Cheese
Chicken
Cooked dried peas and beans (such as pinto, black, red, or kidney)
Cottage cheese
Cream cheese
Croissants
Deviled ham
Eggs
Fish
Nuts, seeds, and wheat germ
Peanut butter
Sour cream  
SweetsCustards (soft or baked)
Frozen yogurt
Ice cream
Muffins
Pudding
Yogurt (plain or vanilla)  
Replacements and supplementsLiquid meal replacements
Powdered milk added to foods such as pudding, milkshakes, and scrambled eggs  

High-Fiber Foods

This list may help if you have Constipation.

TypeExamples
Main meals and other foodsBran muffins
Bran or whole-grain cereals
Brown or wild rice
Cooked dried peas and beans (such as pinto, black, red, or kidney)
Whole-wheat bread
Whole-wheat pastas  
Fruits and vegetablesDried fruit, such as apricots, dates, prunes, and raisins
Fresh fruit, such as apples, blueberries, and grapes
Raw or cooked vegetables, such as broccoli, corn, green beans, peas, and spinach  
SnacksGranola
Nuts
Popcorn
Seeds, such as sunflower
Trail mix  

Low-Fiber Foods

This list may help if you have Diarrhea.

TypeExamples
Main meals and other foodsChicken or turkey (skinless)
Cooked refined cereals
Cottage cheese
Eggs
Fish
Noodles
Potatoes (baked or mashed without the skin)
White bread
White rice  
Fruits and vegetablesAsparagus
Bananas
Canned fruit, such as peaches, pears, and applesauce
Clear fruit juice
Vegetable juice  
SnacksAngel food cake
Gelatin
Saltine crackers
Sherbet or sorbet
Yogurt (plain or vanilla)  

Foods That Are Easy on a Sore Mouth

This list may help if your mouth or throat are sore. See Mouth and Throat Changes.

TypeExamples
Main meals and other foodsBaby food
Cooked refined cereals
Cottage cheese
Eggs (soft boiled or scrambled)
Macaroni and cheese
Mashed potatoes
Pureed cooked foods
Soups  
SweetsCustards
Fruit (pureed or baby food)
Gelatin
Ice cream
Milkshakes
Puddings
Smoothies
Soft fruits (bananas and applesauce)
Yogurt (plain or vanilla)  

Foods and Drinks That Are Easy on the Stomach

This list may help if you have Nausea and Vomiting.

TypeExamples
SoupsClear broth, such as chicken, vegetable, or beef  
DrinksClear carbonated beverages that have lost their fizz
Cranberry or grape juice
Fruit-flavored drinks
Fruit punch
Sports drinks
Tea
Water  
Main meals and other foodsChicken (broiled or baked without its skin)
Cream of rice
Instant oatmeal
Noodles
Potatoes (boiled without skins)
Pretzels
Saltine crackers
White rice
White toast  
SweetsAngel food cake
Canned fruit, such as applesauce, peaches, and pears
Gelatin
Popsicles
Sherbet or sorbet
Yogurt (plain or vanilla)