Dr. Ahmet Büyükyörük, Specialist in Radiation Oncology at Medicana Konya Hospital, emphasized the importance of drinking sufficient water during cancer treatment.
Dr. Ahmet Büyükyörük stated, “In cases of dehydration, the body loses more fluids than it takes in. When your body lacks adequate water, your organs cannot function properly. Side effects such as vomiting and diarrhea during cancer treatment can lead to significant fluid loss. Medications, surgeries, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, and even the foods you consume alongside your treatment can contribute to this. During cancer treatment, there is a risk of developing an infection that could lead to fever. High temperatures can induce thirst, and dehydration can, in turn, lead to increased body temperature. If not addressed promptly, this can create a vicious cycle of worsening dehydration.”
Dr. Ahmet Büyükyörük, highlighting the dangers of dehydration in cancer patients, explained that dehydration is defined as an excessive loss of fluids from the body due to various reasons. He mentioned, “Dry mouth, tongue or lips, dizziness, feeling weak or tired, nausea, constipation, dry skin, swollen, dry, or cracked tongue, rapid weight loss, headaches, dark yellow urine or reduced urine, and irritability are symptoms of dehydration.”
Dr. Büyükyörük emphasized the importance of ensuring adequate water intake before, during, and after cancer treatment. He stated, “It's essential to sip water throughout the day. Drinking water only when you're thirsty is not enough. You can become dehydrated and may not even feel thirsty at all. Some healthcare professionals recommend a minimum of 8 glasses of fluids a day, even more, if you have diarrhea or vomiting, especially during cancer treatment. It's best to tailor the information to the individual's condition during cancer treatment. You should ask your doctor how much is right for you. You can choose foods with high water content, such as watermelon, lettuce, and broccoli. If you don't feel like drinking or eating, you can also try ice chips. Having a few at a time will provide you with some fluids. Adding them to a glass of water may take some time, but every drop helps.”