Why is it important to stay hydrated during cancer treatment?

During cancer treatment, it is very important that you stay hydrated. Water is needed for regulating your temperature and for removing wastes and toxins. The human body is made up of about 60 percent water. Every organ is dependent upon water for optimal functioning.

Dehydration occurs when your output of fluid exceeds fluid intake. Infections, high fever, bleeding or even something as simple as not drinking enough fluids can lead to dehydration.

Side effects of cancer treatment such as vomiting or diarrhea can lead to dehydration. If you have severe vomiting and can't keep fluids down try sucking on ice cubes and ice chips and taking frequent, small sips of fluids. This will be better tolerated than drinking large amounts at one time. If you are vomiting for 24 hours or more, contact your healthcare provider.

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