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Mar 10, 2013 12:13 PM

How to eat while undergoing chemo

I am under Aggressive IVIG chemoTreatment 5hr a day, 5 straight days, once a Month.

Treatment is .......
I find it impossible to stand long enough to cook a meal.. tv dinners are 'out.

PLEASE does someone have Ideas??

I live alone which makes this more hard...


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  1. Welcome, first time poster. However, I wonder why your dilemma was posted here and to this topic.
    Please consult with your hospital social worker about at home meal delivery. There are also much more nutritious pre-made options than the partitioned aluminum tray offerings of eons ago.

    1. Try reading these threads for some suggestions. There are many Chowhounds who have/had similar questions and concerns.

      I hope they are helpful.

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      1. re: viperlush

        Yay - you dug up the Chemohounding thread - it was the first thing that came to mind.'

        ChefPaulo, it might not be a weekly or even a monthly question, but I can completely understand how an ailing hound would *need* to cook -- both for the body AND the soul.

        Lovebeing, maybe a slow cooker or pressure cooker would take care of some of the process for you, as would a chair/stool that you can sit on to prep so it wouldn't be so tiring, while still allowing you to cook and nourish yourself mentally and physically.

        ....healing thoughts and prayers for you and guidance and wisdom for your medical team.

      2. viperlush has given some good links, but my first thought was crockpot. The preparation needed is minimal (something like beef stew, or soup) or the items can be prepped (carefully!) while sitting down. It does all the cooking for you.

        Good luck to you with your chemo treatment - sending you positive, healing thoughts.

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        1. re: LindaWhit

          and a big crockpot can be used on days you have a lot of spoons to freeze individual servings so you can just reheat on the days you're running low.

          (the spoon reference comes from this: -- written about lupus, but I've been told it's pretty close to the mark for other long-term illnesses, too


          Hope you always have an extra spoon.

          1. re: sunshine842

            AMAZING, sunshine. I've never thought of it the way the writer has to, and it makes complete sense. May we (and the original poster) ALWAYS have an extra spoon.

            1. re: LindaWhit

              It was sent to me by a friend who has been battling lupus for years -- it really opened my eyes as to what her everyday life is like.

              Glad you enjoyed it.

        2. I can relate, having gone through a bad patch a couple of years ago. "Meals" may not be possible, even if you felt up to cooking. I lived on Dark Chocolate Ensure and soupy oatmeal that I would prepare in a big pot, when I felt like it. Staying hydrated is important too. Chefpaulo is right, you need help. Tell your oncologist just what you told us and ask for his advice.

          I found this topic helpful and entertaining. Chowhound got me through a lot of grim days.

          I'll be thinking of you. You have my best wishes for better days to come. Pat

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          1. re: Pat Hammond

            Pat, to Hear from you, a Hero who has traveled this way, I feel it! And I am so Touched...

            It Gives me a
            New:Hope!!! Angels come in my life from various directions and thanks for your Prayers, I Need a lot of those love you guys -ashanti

          2. I pray your chemo treatments will go as smoothly as possible and be completely successful.

            I used to work in oncology, so a couple of ideas:

            1. If you're in the U.S., call the American Cancer Society--they have a couple of excellent booklets on dietary issues and cancer treatment. These cover not only increased nutritional needs, but also potential taste changes and other ideas, including cooking ahead on those days/weeks between treatments. If you're out of the U.S., see if your local area has such a resource.
            2. Ask your M.D. for a referral to a registered dietician (that's also a U.S. term, so could be different elsewhere). He/she can give you tailored information to be sure you're getting adequate and balanced nutrition, which you'll need during your treatment.
            3. If you're part of a faith group (or even if you're not), ask if they have volunteers who help out in these situations--many do.
            4. Again, U.S. idea, but a "Meals on Wheels" program may be available--small price for home-delivered hot meals.
            Best wishes for a full recovery.