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Just getting ready to start treatment.Probably next week,,Have been told most end up in hospital for low counts and dehydration.Are there ways to prevent this?

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You may lose your appetite during treatment. Try to keep eating. Remember your proteins. Carnation Instant Breakfast is delicious, especially the milk chocolate flavor - and it's got a lot of vitamins. 'Resource' is a protein drink that you can order through your local pharmacy - it's also delicious. Drink as much water (or fluids) as you can. The fluids help wash the chemo from your system. Eat whatever you can - some things that come to mind are bananas, peanut butter, ice cream. If you can, consult with a nutritionist who is familiar with folks going through radiation and chemo. Good luck! Keep us informed!

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I'm sorry you have to go through this, but I wish you the very best! You will get through this, just like so many of us have. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!--Very important! As for blood counts, there's not much you can do to keep them from falling, which some people experience worse than others. My blood counts dropped pretty low and during round one of chemo, I received two Neupogen injections, which did help to get them back up. They were not done during my second round. Keep up the protein with each meal or snack also. Please keep us posted on how things go for you.

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Thank you for replys, I have been reading as much as I can to try to know what might happen. Was a lab tech for several years so sometimes I think I know just enough to keep the nerves going! But am so thankful I found this sight ..now just get started so I can start recovering. God Bless you all!:)

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I drank a bottle on Ensure daily during my treatments. Ensure has a lot of minerals and vitamins in it. The taste is not too bad. I liked the vanilla and strawberry. I also ate toasted cheese sandwiches on white bread.

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