What are the best foods for chemo patients?

A fellow caregiver asked...

What types of foods are healthiest for chemo patients?

Expert Answer

Senior Editor Melanie Haiken, who is responsible for Caring.com's coverage of cancer, general health, and family finance, discovered how important it is to provide accurate, targeted, usable health information to people facing difficult decisions.

The main issue for patients undergoing chemotherapy is that they often feel nauseous and lose their appetites. So talk to your father about what appeals to him; he's more likely to eat if it's something he wants. Here are some more ideas to stimulate a cancer patient's appetite. Weight loss is also a big issue during cancer treatment, so think in terms of calorie-rich foods. Milkshakes and smoothies are a great choice if your loved one is having a hard time eating solid food.