Managing dietary side effects of chemotherapy

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Coping with changes in taste and smell
Coping with mouth sores
Coping with nausea and vomiting

Coping with changes in taste and smell

Treatments for pancreatic cancer such as chemotherapy can alter your sense of taste or smell. Some people find that they like to enhance the taste of food using spices, herbs and sauces while others find avoiding flavours and eating bland, unseasoned food helpful.

Tips for coping with changes in taste and smell

Coping with mouth sores

Some chemotherapy drugs can cause mouth sores as ulcers and infections. If you notice any change in your mouth or throat, such as ulcers or thickened saliva, or if you find it difficult to swallow, contact your medical team.

Tips for eating with mouth sores

Coping with nausea and vomiting

Treatments such as chemotherapy may make you feel sick (nauseas) or be sick (vomit). Your doctor will tell you if your chemotherapy treatment is likely to cause nausea and vomiting.
Anti-sickness medication (known as anti-emetics) can help. Anti-emetics may be available as;

You may be prescribed medication before treatment to reduce side effects. Some people find it takes some time before they find a medication that works for them. Let your nurse or doctor know if you still have nausea after a few days of taking the medication or if you have been sick for more then 24 hours.

Tips for coping with sickness and nausea