How can I be sure to stay properly hydrated during cancer treatments?

The “8 X 8 rule” is a good place to start. Aim to drink 8, 8-ounce glasses (for a total of 64 ounces) of caffeine-free fluid a day. Drinks that contain caffeine contribute to fluid loss. Here are some ways to make sure you stay properly hydrated:

  • Drink fluids throughout the day instead of waiting to drink when you feel thirsty.
  • Keep a glass, cup or bottle of water in sight at all times. It is much more likely that you will drink fluids when they are within reach.
  • Keep track of the fluids you drink to make sure you are getting enough.

These beverages may be  counted toward your fluid goal:

  • water
  • milk
  • decaf coffee
  • decaf tea
  • fruit or vegetable juice
  • decaf soda
  • sports drinks
  • liquid nutrition supplements
  • hot chocolate
  • milkshakes

These foods may be counted toward your fluid goal:

  • soup and broth
  • gelatin
  • ice cream
  • fruit ice
  • popsicles
  • sorbets

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