Side effects are common with cancer treatments, and they can range from mild discomfort, to nausea, to having a metalic taste in your mouth, to diahrrea. Managing bladder cancer side effects can be challenging, especially when it comes to your appetite and nutrition.
The side effects of bladder cancer can be unpleasant, but BCAN has partnered with the University of Kansas to produce some videos about how to deal with some of the side effects of cancer treatment. (Want to know more about how these videos were made? Watch this behind the scenes webinar that explains the science that went into making these videos.)
Another option for patients having side effects would be to contact a palliative care team.
One of the most common side effects is having a metallic taste in your mouth. Following FASS helps patients enjoy food again while combating the metallic taste. What is FASS? FASS stands for Fat, Acid, Sweet, Salty. By adding Fats (like butter or olive oil) Acids (like lemon or lime) Sweet (like honey or sugar), or Salt to foods, it can be tastier for patients that have that metallic taste in their mouth. Want to know more about FASS? Watch this video.
Another common side effect that many patients experience is gastro-intestinal (GI) distress, such diahrrea or constipation. Increasing the fiber in your diet can help decrease how often you experience GI Distress. Try out this tasty recipe for Green Lemonade, or Chocolate Banana Smoothie, which are full of nutrients and fiber.