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Eating Hints: Before, During, After Cancer

1. When a person has cancer, they may need extra:

A. Calories

B. Fats and carbohydrates

C. Protein and calories

D. Protein, fat, and carbohydrates


2. Eating a healthy diet and maintaining weight before treatment helps:

A. Lower the risk of infection

B. Coping with side effects

C. With receiving treatment without unplanned breaks

D. Eating a healthy diet and maintaining weight before treatment helps lower the risk of infection, coping with side effects, and with receiving treatment without unplanned breaks


3. Many people have the biggest appetite in the:

A. Morning

B. Afternoon

C. Evening

D. Late hours of the night


4. Someone should inform their doctor if they cannot eat for more than:

A. 24 hours

B. 2 days

C. 3 days

D. 7 days


5. A person undergoing cancer treatment should not do any of the following, except:

A. Eat raw nuts

B. Eat leftovers that have been in the refrigerator longer than 24 hours

C. Buy foods from bulk bins

D. Eat at buffets, salad bars, or self-service restaurants


6. If someone wants more than just small sips of liquids, they should have a larger drink at least 30 minutes before or after meals.

A. True

B. False


7. People with certain types of cancer should not eat a lot of _____, and they should check with their doctor before adding it to their diet.

A. Fats

B. Powdered protein supplements

C. Raw fruits or vegetables

D. Fiber


8. A person should tell their doctor or nurse if they have not had a bowel movement in 5 days.

A. True

B. False


9. When someone is having diarrhea, they should keep their sodium intake low and fiber intake high.

A. True

B. False


10. All of the following foods should be avoided when someone is having diarrhea, except:

A. Pasta

B. Hamburgers

C. Canned apricots

D. Apple juice


11. A person should tell their doctor if they have had diarrhea for more than 24 hours.

A. True

B. False


12. Tart foods and drinks help a person make more saliva.

A. True

B. False


13. For many people, having a full stomach makes nausea worse.

A. True

B. False


14. If someone is having nausea in the morning, they should eat _____ before getting out of bed.

A. Dry toast or crackers

B. Boiled chicken

C. Something tart, such as lemonade

D. Fruit


15. To prevent nausea after meals, one should lie down and rest.

A. True

B. False


16. Drinking through a straw may make it easier to swallow.

A. True

B. False


17. What should someone do if they have a metal taste in their mouth?

A. Eat with plastic forks and spoons

B. Eat with chopsticks

C. Cook foods in glass pots and pans

D. Eating with plastic forks and spoons, eating with chopsticks, and cooking with glass pots and pans are all methods for preventing a metal taste


18. While being treated for cancer, one should wait until they are hungry to eat, rather than following an eating schedule, to avoid excessive digestive issues.

A. True

B. False


19. After cancer treatment, alcohol should be limited to how many drinks per day for women?

A. 1

B. 2

C. 3

D. Alcohol should not be consumed as it will interfere with staying healthy


20. Which cancer treatment can cause appetite loss due to flu-like symptoms, such as muscle aches, fatigue, and fever?

A. Hormone therapy

B. Radiation therapy

C. Immunotherapy

D. Chemotherapy


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