Why do I Sometimes Feel Sick During Cancer Treatment?

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In a healthy GI system, toxins and bacteria are kept out and nutrients, liquids, and electrolytes are absorbed. Cancer and cancer treatment can damage the GI system and your ability to absorb nutrients. When this occurs digestive GI side effects impact the quality of your life, make you feel sick and can compromise your ability to stay on track with your treatment for cancer.

The villi promote proper absorption of nutrients, electrolytes and fluids. Disruption in the function of the villi can result in improper nutrient absorption, and dehydration.

In addition, the treatment of cancer may impact the gut barrier function, which provides protection from external toxins and bacteria into the body. Diminished gut barrier function can result in the passage of external toxins/bacteria into your body causing local and systemic inflammation resulting in nausea/vomiting, diarrhea, dehydration, oral mucositis, and gastritis (click to download enterade® patient pathway PDF).

Depending on a variety of factors, you may be more at risk for symptoms or side effects. The severity and incidence of GI side effects from receiving treatment for cancer (chemotherapy, radiation or both) are affected by many factors including:

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The Importance of Staying on Treatment

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Your physician will determine the best treatment options for you in which to fight your cancer and help manage the potential side effects. For some, the side effects can be so intense that the decision is made to modify or stop treatment. When side effects occur, it can be difficult to continue your fight against cancer. Even though you may be feeling bad, it is important to stay on treatment and discuss these side effects with your oncologist or nurse. Entrinsic Health Solutions developed enterade® to help manage GI dysfunction and the unique nutritional needs of patients receiving treatments for cancer, improving how you feel and keeping you on track.

What Can You do to Feel Better During Treatment?

Drinking enterade® Throughout Treatment Can Help Reduce and Manage GI Dysfunction

Clinical cancer guidelines such as the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer (MASCCTM)3 recommends maintaining a healthy diet and proper oral hydration to help reduce the chance of developing GI side effects from treatment. Your doctor or nurse may also add supportive care medications along with diet and hydration. Adding enterade® to your daily routine can help manage and maintain GI function while undergoing treatments for cancer and provide the nutrients and hydration to minimize the side effects of cancer therapy.

This image highlights the side effects that may occur in the GI tract from chemotherapy and radiation treatments. (references)