Managing the Side Effects of Kidney Cancer and Cancer Treatment
Lack of Appetite
- Talking to a registered dietician for nutrition suggestions
- Eating frequent, small meals instead of three large meals
- Eating healthy foods that appeal to you
- Eating around your appetite—if you are most hungry in the morning, then that is when you should eat a large meal
- Asking your doctor about liquid meal supplements; some of these may be a good way to take in the calories you need
- Drinking plenty of fluids even if you do not feel like eating
Nausea and Vomiting
- Use only mild soap and warm water when washing your skin.
- Stay out of the sun.
- Avoid hot showers.
- Use lotions or creams that are approved by your doctor.
Be gentle with your skin:
- Pat dry instead of rubbing.
- Wear gloves when cleaning or gardening.
Mouth and Lip Sores
- Eat soft, bland foods.
- Avoid spicy, hot, or cold foods.
- Suck on ice chips or drink small sips of water throughout the day.
- Use a lip balm on your lips.
- Avoid citrus foods.
- Use a straw when drinking.
- Hydrocodone (Vicodin, Lor-tab)
- Hydromorphone (Dilaudid)
- Morphine (Astramorph PF, Duramorph, Kadian, MS Contin, OMS Concentrate, Oramorph SR, RMS, Roxanol)
- Oxycodone and Acetaminophen (Percocet)
- Nausea or vomiting
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- Reviewer: Mohei Abouzied, MD; Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 06/2013 -
- Update Date: 06/20/2013 -
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