Hydration during chemo and radiation

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Hydration during chemo and radiation

by nick44 on Tue Jan 06, 2009 12:00 AM

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Why is hydration so critical?

I start chemo and radiation Monday. I have seen many people state that hydration is vital. My Dr. has not mentioned it yet. Can anyone elaborate?

Thanks so much.

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by jodysboys on Wed Jan 07, 2009 12:00 AM

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On 1/6/2009 nick44 wrote:

Why is hydration so critical?

I start chemo and radiation Monday. I have seen many people state that hydration is vital. My Dr. has not mentioned it yet. Can anyone elaborate?

Thanks so much.


Dear nick44,

I'm not a medical professional and there are some on this board who could tell you more.  But I can tell you that hydration, at just about anytime, is very important.  Dehydration can cause lots of problems for you physically.  Remember, our bodies are made up of mostly water.

I will tell you that you will feel better throughout your chemo if you are well hydrated.  I will have my 14th chemo treatment this coming Friday for bc.  And I can tell you that I feel much better when I am drinking plenty of fluids, before, during and after each treatment.  My oncologist and nurses have stressed plenty of fluids throughout all. 

As with any questions or concerns about your treatment, chemo or otherwise, ask your doctor or oncology nurses about hydration and your chemo.  There are NO dumb questions when it comes to your treatment.

The best of luck to you.  God Bless.

Jodysboys

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by Debbie2 on Wed Jan 07, 2009 12:00 AM

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i agree staying hydrated is very important esp. during chemo.  my husband can really tell when he hasn't had enough liquids-

the problem he has is he forgets how much he has drank during the day- so we fill two nalgine bottles (64 oz) and his goal is to drink both (if not more) by bedtime.  This way we are able to keep track of his intake and to keep him hydrate.

good luck- debbie

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by steph_rn on Wed Jan 07, 2009 12:00 AM

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Hi Nick!

The human body can only do without water for about 3 days........our entire body system gets out of whack in a very short time without enough fluid.  The electrolytes get messed up.........and you feel like hell.  You need to flush the poison out of your system that build up during chemo and radiation.......so DRINK.  If you can't get enough, they will do IV fluid.

How is everything going??................Steph

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by Babzilla on Wed Jan 07, 2009 12:00 AM

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Hi.

It was explained to us that hydration is especially important to help thin out the mucous, and also to help the kidneys flush the chemo. 

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by mtkjohn1 on Wed Jan 07, 2009 12:00 AM

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this Tx is KILLING  cells in our body nothing else that is why we are not allowed to take any supplements or green tea ect.

my doctoe told me that i would be beaten down to kill this monster then i could build back up

the HYDRATION allows you to remove all these dead cells as fast as possible.

I can not tell you how much better you will feel well hydrated or HOW BAD you will feel if not!!

after my last Tx all I did was drink as much as I could and them put water in my PEG for the first week every 2 hours at night I would pee then pour water in the peg 12-16 oz then in 2 hours do it again

My Dr stressed nutrition and hydration and meds are the way to grt threw this

best of luck

john 

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by CAW888 on Thu Jan 08, 2009 12:00 AM

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My husband became horribly nauseated by the chemo and/or radiation (chemo docs blamed radiation and visa versa!), anyway the dehydration caused all kinds of problems. Once we started IV infusions of fluids daily, he got better - if you cannot take liquids, and need IV - ask for it. It was a turning point for us. One side note, if you are severely nauseated - putting fluids in the PEG tube can still make you sick!

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by alive61 on Thu Jan 08, 2009 12:00 AM

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All I can tell you is that until I learned to PUSH the fluids (starting the day before chemo and continuing for a week after each treatment) i kept winding up in ER because I passed out, was really nauseous, etc.  After I started really pushing the fluids, things got so much better, I was stronger and not as sick.  If you cannot keep water down (i couldn't) keep a piece of ice in your mouth all the time.  Also, I lived on popsickles.

Good luck and my prayers are with you

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by fred on Thu Jan 08, 2009 12:00 AM

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As a personal trainer I have seen many people without proper hydration.  For what ever reason dehydration sets in it takes only 2% to reduce 20% of the bodies production. It effects mind and body.  But be aware that too much water will also be bad. Your body must stay balanced. Coconut water is a much better sorce of hydration. It was used in WW2 to save lives. It was used when there was a lack of IV's. the medics drilled into the nut and put the other end in the wounded mans arm. It works to balance the body back to normal.  Hope this helps

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by curly66 on Thu Jan 08, 2009 12:00 AM

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On 1/6/2009 nick44 wrote:

Why is hydration so critical?

I start chemo and radiation Monday. I have seen many people state that hydration is vital. My Dr. has not mentioned it yet. Can anyone elaborate?

Thanks so much.


Water is the most important thing you need to stay up on...we always read that.  But with cancer treatments, it helps rid your body of the toxcity of the chemo.   Plus if you go in for lab work it keeps your veins easier to get to.  I'm sure there are more good reasons but these two I know of.

 

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