Treatments for chronic lymphocytic leukemia can have side effects. You can reduce the risk of dehydration by taking steps.
“If you don’t have enough fluid in your system, you’re at risk of getting dehydrated. Both radiation and chemotherapy can cause side effects that can cause vomiting, nausea, and diarrhea.”
“You can start to show signs of dehydration when you don’t get enough liquid throughout the day.”
- The mouth is dry.
- Dark urine.
- Difficult to swallow dry foods.
Dehydration can cause symptoms such as fatigue, weakness, and decreased urination. Dehydration is a serious condition that requires treatment.
Try to stay hydrated during CLL treatment by using some of the tips listed.
You don’t have to drink a full 8-ounce glass of water when you feel sick. Instead, try sucking on an ice cube or taking very small sips of water or another beverage.
Small sips can help keep you hydrated when you are unwell.
If you can help, remind your loved one to take sips throughout the day.
For some, writing down what you have had to eat and drink in a day
The diary can be used to help guide your meals and drinks after treatment. This can help you drink less.
“There are other drinks that can help you keep hydrated if you don’t like drinking water. You may be able to drink herbal teas, fruit juice, and sports drinks if you avoid alcohol and caffeine.”
“If you want to limit your sugar intake, you should choose drinks that don’t have added sugar. Fruit juice and smoothie have high levels of sugar, which can be bad for your health.”
You might notice that your skin is dry when you are going through treatment. You should apply a moisturizer when you need it. Lip balm can help alleviate the pain associated with dry, cracked lips.
You can choose to eat high-quality, high-moisture foods when you can keep your food down. Vegetables and fruits are good options, but you can also get hydration from soups, popsicles, and more.
If you find that the treatments are causing nausea, vomiting, or other issues, you may be able to treat them.
Discuss what medications could work for you with your doctor. There are prescription and over-the-counter drugs that can help you with your stomach issues.
Everyone has different fluid needs and they can change depending on the situation.
It is helpful to speak with a dietitian to get an accurate measurement of how much fluid you need each day.
This can help you determine if you are meeting your needs to avoid dehydration.
One way to help stay hydrated is to always keep a cooler full of ice, juice, water, or other beverages nearby. This way, fluids are accessible, and all you need to do is reach into the cooler.
If you have low energy, limiting the amount you move can help.
If you have someone helping you during CLL treatment, you can ask them to make sure you stay hydrated.
When going out, it is a good idea to have a cooler, lunch box, or other container with you. You can ask them to encourage you to drink if you forget.
It is important to hydration to keep you healthy and well during cancer treatment. There are several ways to keep hydrated. Taking small sips, keeping a drink journal, and leaning on your support person are some of the things you can do.
Your doctor or other members of your care team may be able to help you with the side effects of cancer treatments. They can help you figure out how much fluid you need to keep hydrated.