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Old 02-19-2014, 06:10 PM   #1
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Just for fun! Chemo and cravings

So, is it just me or did anyone else have food cravings during chemo?
After each treatment I craved serious CRUNCH! The same as when I was pregnant! What's up with that!
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Old 02-20-2014, 07:49 AM   #2
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Re: Just for fun! Chemo and cravings

Hope you get some responses on this Coux92. It would be interesting to hear other experiences. I've certainly heard this from patients.

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Old 02-20-2014, 07:13 PM   #3
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Re: Just for fun! Chemo and cravings

I couldn't tolerate my beloved coffee but loved tea that I normally didn't drink. My first chemo I craved cottage cheese and peaches. Ate them on a regular basis. Interestingly I grew up with eating them when sick. As soon as chemo was over they held no interest.
I still have more desire for tea than coffee. (I drink decaf except for green tea in am).
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Old 02-21-2014, 12:20 PM   #4
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Re: Just for fun! Chemo and cravings

I'm a little over a yr on kadcyla. I come home from treatment, sleep for a few hrs then wake up craving salty popcorn! I've had a bowl after almost every treatment!
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Old 02-23-2014, 11:12 AM   #5
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Re: Just for fun! Chemo and cravings

Hi Coux92, not sure if its a craving as much as just wanting to hide/cover that yucky chemo taste in my mouth, but yes, CRUNCHY is good as well as anything chocolate and sweet! I've found popcorn really good too and it helps with that godawful constipation. It also seems like the bland foods I stick to the first few days are just tasting more and more awful, even things I loved before chemo taste "off". I also find myself wanting creamy noodle comfort ... like drained ramen noodles, not in the soup.

Cooked veggies are still good and also small fish fillets ... I read yesterday the fish has something in it that helps the stomach lining, so that's good! I've also craved bowls of cold unsweetened applesauce, so nice and refreshing.

Homemade chocolate chip cookies always go down well too. My husband made a batch last night.

The last half of the cycle I can eat fresh salad and spicy food again and I am looking forward to that!

Thanks for starting this thread!

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Old 02-24-2014, 08:48 PM   #6
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Re: Just for fun! Chemo and cravings

I am mid-way through my first chemo and have had the opposite - no desire to eat and everything tasting off! And same thing with my beloved coffee...haven't had any in a week and green tea is my go-to now - iced, decaf all day. Bananas, yogurt, and applesauce are really the only things that sound appealing right now. Forcing myself to eat, since I've lost about 8 pounds so far.
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Old 02-24-2014, 10:10 PM   #7
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Re: Just for fun! Chemo and cravings

SUGAR!!!!!! anything sugar. Cookies, candy, cake doesn't matter. I have to have my sugar fix. I also craved Peanut butter when I was on Taxotere. I still like peanut butter but now its more peanut butter cookies!!!! LOL!!!
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Old 02-25-2014, 04:27 PM   #8
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Re: Just for fun! Chemo and cravings

I was never real fond of mushrooms till after chemo and radiation. Then I craved baby bella mushrooms chopped with onions and fried in olive oil or butter, with pepper or Kentucky Kernel seasoning. That went on for several months. Now I have no desire for them.
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Old 06-13-2015, 09:20 AM   #9
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Re: Just for fun! Chemo and cravings

Cook and serve chocolate pudding - tastes especially good to me through chemo. Thankfully I can't drink my Pepsi anymore cuz it burns going down so cancer helped me kick the pop habit!
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Old 06-13-2015, 10:33 AM   #10
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It's funny to read what everyone craved or couldn't tolerate. I couldn't tolerate water products so I went back to my diet coke habit, only decaffeinated. I continued it after I got off the chemo. As for food, I craved things I rarely ate or hadn't eaten in years, like ice cream, macaroni and cheese, french onion dip (which required chips, of course). I'm sure there were other things but I can't remember at the moment. I know those were the big things I craved though and were staples in my diet during chemo. I couldn't tolerate vegetables during chemo either.
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Old 06-16-2015, 01:03 PM   #11
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I'm a newbie. Only just had chemo 4 days ago. Surprised my taste buds are already not working. Nothing tastes normal except mint/peppermint. Ate chocolate chip/mint ice cream for dinner last night.The ice cream taste ok, but the chocolate flakes taste like wax paper!
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Old 07-18-2015, 07:20 AM   #12
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I went through Chemo taxotere-cytoxan-herceptin and weirdly craved brats and sauerkraut with lots of sweet relish and I couldn't get enough watermelon! It took me awhile after chemo was over to look at sauerkraut again!
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Old 10-17-2015, 05:17 AM   #13
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I Agree with you because I also heard from many of friends
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Old 01-31-2016, 05:42 PM   #14
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Re: Just for fun! Chemo and cravings

This is an old thread so I hope someone sees this and replies. I crave ice cream and canned peaches. I refused to eat or drink anything with sugar at first. The only sweets I ate was fresh fruit. I heard that sugar helps cancer spread. I was losing too much weight so I stopped being selective and nit picky with my eating. So now if I crave anything sweet, I'll eat it but I try to eat healthy most of the time. I guess my question is, is it ok to eat sweets every now then?
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Old 01-31-2016, 06:03 PM   #15
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I cant imagine eating sweets every now and again is really going to have any impact on your health. Moderation of course is the key. Eating healthy and exercising is important. However, while on chemo you may find that you need more rest. Listen to your body and give it what it craves. If it wants peaches and ice cream every now and again I'd say go for it!

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Old 01-31-2016, 07:07 PM   #16
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Thanks Brenda
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Old 02-01-2016, 05:52 AM   #17
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Funny you should mention peaches. I detest canned fruit but ever since I started this round of chemo, in Oct, I can't get enough "canned" peaches. I actually buy the refrigerated ones packed in juice. I eat two to four cups of them every day. I drink gallons of OJ in a week, the fresh squeezed type and jars of dill pickles. Almost nothing else is appetizing. I force myself to eat other things but the only thing I want to eat is peaches and pickles. The only thing I want to drink is OJ. WEIRDO!
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Old 02-01-2016, 07:07 AM   #18
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Re: Just for fun! Chemo and cravings

I have a serious sugar problem - I love it :-). During chemo, the only things that tasted like food were chocolate danish and chocolate chip cookies. While I forced myself to eat "good for you" food, I didn't deprive myself either. I ate a lot of turkey sandwiches for lunch along with non-creamy soups - chicken, veggie, etc.

For me, the worst taste side effect was coffee. I am a coffee lover and I just couldn't stomach the taste. Starting drinking tea.

The good news is that your normal taste buds do come back after chemo.

Bottom line (to me), eat anything that you can get down and if you enjoy something - why the hell not? Chemo is hard enough without depriving yourself.

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Old 02-02-2016, 04:41 PM   #19
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Tracy I crave pickles too! And i drink a swallow of pickle juice when I'm feeling a little queasy. It really helps.
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Old 02-02-2016, 06:00 PM   #20
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Interesting. I hadn't noticed that it helped with queasiness. I'll have to pay attention to that, there may be something to it. I do admit to drinking pickle juice too. It's good.
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1/17/14 Hashimoto's Dz Dx'd. Now maybe I'll feel BETTER!
5/2/14 Herceptin completed! New kitten!
8/19/14 Prophylactic mastectomy (right) and PORT OUT! I'm DONE and now I really am a SURVIVOR.
2/15 Started not feeling so swell. Memory lapses and GI issues with nausea and blurry vision.
4/30/15 U/S cystic gallbladder, cyst on right ovary and mass in my uterus. GYN consult scheduled---and cancelled. I'm not ready.
5/4/15 Brain MRI clear (big sigh of relief)
7/30/15 Back Pain
8/31/15 Radiograph: compression fracture L2
9/10/15 Bone Scan positive
9/21/15 CT scan conclusive for tumor
10/1/15 CT guided biopsy & Brain to Pelvis MRI reveal additional lesions on spine C6, T10, T11 and L2 is collapsing.
10/8/15 Abbreviated pathology: new tumor(s) poorly differentiated carcinoma consistent with known breast primary.
ER-/PR+ (40%)
HER2/neu+++ Ki-67 4% Pancytokeratin AE1/3 Strong Positivity in all malignant cells.
10/13/15 Abnormal Dexa: moderate risk of fracture to both femoral head/neck R&L. Significant risk to lumbar spine.
10/14/15 Radiation consult back to the cooker.
10/20/15 MUGA 50% down from 54% after a year off Herceptin (???)
10/21/15 Kyphoplasty L2
10/22/15 Re-start Chemo: Perjeta, Herceptin & Taxotere
10/26/15 PET Scan confirms C6, T10-11, L2, new lesion noted at L4 but no visceral involvement---Happy dance!!!
10//29/15 Xgeva
10/29/15 Radiation Simulation--three new tattoos to add to my collection. Just call me Dotty.
10/30/15 CA27-29 63 U/mol (<38 U/mol)
11/3/15 First Trip to see Dr. E. Mayer at DFCI
11/4/15 Surgical consult to re-install my little purple power port.
11/9/15 Radiation treatment one of five.
11/10/15 Installed my little purple power port and not a moment too soon, took them four tries to get an IV started today.
Yes, we really are going down this road again.
12/5/15 CT for suspected pulmonary embolism demonstrates increase in T10-11 mets.
12/8/15 Bone Scan uptake at T10-11 (not seen 9/17/15) & Right 8th Rib (not evident on PET 10/26/15)
12/10/15 Consult Re: PROGRESSION. Halt THP due today. Schedule PET and order TDM1 for next week. PLAN B.
12/14/15 PET scan: NO PROGRESSION! THP is working, metabolic activity minimal. Merry Christmas to me! Sticking with PLAN A, it's working.
1/7/16 Start Taxol weekly instead of Taxotere (has been too taxing and not rebounding between txs.) Zometa instead of Xgeva.
3/28/16 CT shows new sclerotic lesions on T12, L3, L5, L6, right ilium and head of right femur. No uptake on Bone Scan (progression????)
3/31/16 Discontinue Taxol start Arimidex, still getting H&P.
6/2/16 Discontinue Arimidex and start Exemestane.
6/18/16 PET is NEAD!!
7/1/16 Discontinue Exemestane and restart Armidex (SEs)
8/29/16 CT/Bone Scan Stable (still uptake at T10-11)
10/3/16 BSO pathology negative
10/10/16 MRI: Brain clear!
10/14/16 Switched care to Harold Alfond Center for Cancer Care
11/24/16 Xgeva, New MO preference to Zometa
12/12/16 CT/Bone scan Mostly stable significant uptake at L2 plan to PET
1/12/17 PET shows NEAD celebrate with a new puppy!
3/29/17 CT & BS = NEAD
7/31/17 Aetna denies access to H&P <gearing up for a fight>
8/4/17 CT& BS= STABLE
8/9/17 No treatment, Aetna still denying H&P
8/14/17 Aetna appeal approved H&P through February 2018!
2/5/18 CT & BS = STABLE

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