Our expert says:
I am so sorry to hear that you dear Dad is feeling so ill and nauseous because of the chemo. I would really recommend that he should consult a clinical dietitian (visit the Association for Dietetics in SA Website at: www.adsa.org.za and click on "Find a Dietitian" to find a dietitian in your area), to help you work out what foods he can eat. I would also recommend that you ask the oncologist to treat his nausea. At this stage it is essential that he should be using products like Ensure to provide him with the nutrients he requires. Ask your chemist to introduce you to other brands (Nestle or Fresubin) so that you Dad can try them to see if he finds a product he likes. Tempt his appetite with all his favourite foods and try giving him small meals more often. Although it is so cold at present, patients suffering from nausea often prefer eating chilled foods like low-fat milk shakes, etc. Also talk to him and encourage him to make an effort to eat so that he has the strength to fight this disease. Nourishing soups, porridges, and favourite desserts may tempt him.
But do see the dietitian if possible and talk to his oncologist about antinausea medication.
Holding thumbs that you Dad does recover his appetite.
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