20 Gifts for Cancer Patients, Recommended by Doctors & Survivors
Keeping the body properly hydrated has never been more important for those who are actively treating cancer. Lowell Anthony, M.D., FACP, division chief of medical oncology at the University of Kentucky’s Markey Cancer Center, says family and friends can help loved ones by actively encouraging more water intake throughout the day. “A commonly overlooked need during cancer treatment is hydration, as cancer patients have their appetite and taste altered with treatment, which can lead to dehydration,” says Dr. Anthony, who works with the team at Enterade, a dietary product designed to reduce gastrointestinal side effects associated with cancer treatment. “Fatigue, muscle aches and confusion can originate from dehydration, which can seriously impact quality of life throughout treatment.”
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The clear profile of the Tritan model will encourage loved ones to add in mix-ins when appropriate, too. “You have to drink so much water while going through treatment, you quickly start to hate it,” says Hart. “Having a water bottle that lets you put fruit in for flavoring was helpful.”