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Hydration

It is very important to drink enough fluids during your cancer treatment. Aim for 8-10 cups (64-80 ounces) of clear liquids every day. If you are vomiting or have diarrhea you will need to drink even more. It may be helpful to write down what you are eating and drinking to help you keep track of your daily fluid intake.

  • Even if you are not feeling thirsty drink fluids often throughout the day.
  • Keep a water bottle with you while you are at home and when you leave home.
  • Several foods count as liquids like soup, broth, ice pops, sherbet, ice cream, pudding, yogurt, watermelon and gelatin.
  • Limit use of caffeinated beverages.
  • Drink most of your liquids between meals. It's important not to fill up on liquids during meal times.
  • Here are some examples of hydrating fluids: water, sparkling water, club soda, seltzer, clear fruit juices, fruit drinks, sports drinks, clear soups, broth, bouillon, ice pops, fruit ices, gelatin, caffeine-free soft drinks and caffeine-free tea

These suggestions are not meant to replace talking to your doctor and registered dietitian. For more information regarding hydration, schedule an appointment with the Registered Dietitian at the UW Carbone Cancer Center by contacting Cancer Connect by calling (608) 265-1700.