Hydrate Before, During and After Chemo
Q. I had a gastrectomy in April, and just finished four rounds of chemotherapy. I am on a break until I start radiation and "soft" chemo. I need advice on how to get hydrated. I am having trouble drinking enough water, and I am very thirsty. I feel like water fills me up. Suggestions are extremely welcome.
A. Staying well hydrated is always vital. Most clinicians would prefer to continue drinking liquids by mouth unless there is a contraindication. After gastric surgery, patients may feel full quickly as the stomach was reduced in size or taken altogether. Taking more frequent but small sips may help to relieve this. Make sure you discuss this with your physician and possibly a dietitian.