Energy Levels During Chemotherapy

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Q: I just started chemotherapy yesterday for Hodgkin's lymphoma. What can you recommend to keep my energy levels up now and for the next 6 months of treatment?

Rich Mayo, Massachusetts 

A: Regular exercise can help keep your energy levels up. Sticking to some lighter activities may be the best idea during treatment. Try going for a walk around the block once or twice a day.

As far as foods go, eating high protein foods can help boost your energy. Lean meats, low fat dairy, nuts, beans, and seeds are all healthy sources of protein. Adding high protein snacks such as almond butter, paired with a carb such as an apple or whole grain crackers can help give you both immediate and long lasting energy.

Staying hydrated and eating small meals and snacks throughout the day can help your energy levels as well. Try drinking water throughout the day, and if plain water isn’t your favorite you can add flavor with sliced fruit or cucumbers.


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