Breast Cancer Self-Care and Recovery: Hydration
Drinking enough water is essential to health. Not drinking enough can result in dehydration which can lead to poor health.We recommend that you drink a minimum of 8 to 10 eight-ounce glasses of water each day.
You must drink more water to balance what you have lost if:
- You are exercising
- The weather is hot
- You are sweating a lot — this includes "hot flashes" and night sweats
- You have a fever, diarrhea or are vomiting
Your urine should be a pale yellow color and not a concentrated dark yellow.
What encourages hydration and dehydration?
- Herbal teas
- Nonfat soymilk
- Diluted fruit juices
- Coffee and decaffeinated coffee
- Black tea and decaffeinated tea
- High-sodium, or salty, foods
- Caffeinated sodas
How much is enough?
Drink a minimum of 8 to 10 eight-ounce glasses of water a day.
- 1 cup = 8 ounces
- 2 cups = 1 pint
- 4 cups = 1 quart
- 2 pints = 1 quart
- 4 quarts = 1 gallon
- 16 cups = 1 gallon
Equivalents of 8 to 10 cups:
- 64 to 80 ounces
- 4 to 5 pints
- 2 to 2.5 quarts
- .5 to .75 gallon
Breast Cancer Self-Care and Recovery:
UCSF Health medical specialists have reviewed this information. It is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace the advice of your doctor or other health care provider. We encourage you to discuss any questions or concerns you may have with your provider.
Basic Facts About Breast Health
Learn basic facts about breast structure and function and how to differentiate between the different types and stages of breast cancer.
Breast Cancer Glossary
Check out our comprehensive Glossary of Breast Cancer terminology, which includes definitions of everything from AC chemotherapy to peripheral neuropathy.
Breast Cancer Risk Factors
Click now to find a summary of the factors that increase risk for developing breast cancer, including both factors that we cannot change and those we can.
Breast reconstruction, surgery to rebuild a breast's shape, is often an option after mastectomy and is covered by some health insurance plans. Learn more now.
Follow-Up Care for Breast Cancer Patients
After patients have completed treatment for early stage breast cancer, one of the common questions is, "How should I best be monitored?" Learn more here.
Mastectomy: Instructions Before Surgery
The following information will help you prepare for your upcoming Mastectomy surgery. If you have any questions, please contact the Breast Care Center staff.
Mastectomy: Instructions After Surgery
Post Mastectomy surgery instructions including, pain management, incision and dressing care, activity, diet, follow-up care and more.
Menopause and Breast Cancer
Breast cancer treatment often causes women to enter menopause prematurely. Although each woman reacts to therapy individually, certain side effects are common.
Metastatic Breast Cancer: Diagnosis and Treatment
Metastatic breast cancer is cancer that originated in the breast and has spread to other organ systems in the body. Learn more here.
Navigating Your Path to Breast Care
Different services and information are needed at different points in breast health care and breast cancer treatment. Learn more here.
Osteoporosis and Breast Cancer
Women who have had breast cancer or are considered at high risk for developing breast cancer are at risk for developing osteoporosis. Learn more.
Radiation Therapy for Breast Cancer
The UCSF Carol Franc Buck Breast Care Center and the Department of Radiation Oncology have compiled information about radiation therapy for your convenience.
Knowledge may lead you to take action to protect your health and that of other women you care about: your mother, daughters, relatives and friends. Learn more.
Breast Care at Greenbrae
1100 S. Eliseo Dr., Suite 1
Greenbrae, CA 94904
Carol Franc Buck Breast Care Center
Bakar Precision Cancer Medicine Building
1825 Fourth St., Third Floor
San Francisco, CA 94158