Nutrition plays a huge role in the plan for treating cancer in many patients.
With Mesothelioma and other cancer patients, consuming foods that aid in increasing energy, immune function, and overall health is imperative in working through treatment successfully to build on your well-being. It is a pain in the butt to determine which food is right or wrong for your health. What makes it even more harder, is all the conflicting information surrounding nutrition and diet.
The Dana-Farber Institute says, it’s imperative that people consume a well-balanced diet and follow up on Harvard School of Public Health’s healthy-eating plate.
To aid in boosting energy in cancer treatment, prevent any weight gain and alleviate/manage treatment-caused symptoms, their recommendations are:
- Include a variety of vegetables and fruits, both of which should make up half your plate.
- Eat a wide array of whole grains, such as brown rice, quinoa etc. These should constitute for a quarter of your plate.
- Avoid processed meats like bacon and cold cuts, and limit red meat and cheese as a source of protein. Instead, choose wild-caught fish, poultry, beans, and nuts for the rest of your plate.
Opt for healthier fat sources, such as olive oil, coconut oil and avocado oil:
18 Foods to Eat (and 8 not to) For Specific Chemotherapy Side Effects
When it comes to chemotherapy, it leaves its patients riddled with symptoms like muscle and weight loss. To prevent these symptoms, a senior clinical nutritionist at Dana-Farber, Stacy Kennedy recommends that patients eat small meals that are filled with nutrients and calories more consistently than having three meals.
Add in more protein-rich foods such as nuts, hummus, lean meats, beans, fish and eggs, as they support increasing your energy levels and immunity function.
- Mouth Sores:DO eat pureed food, soups yogurts and smoothies. DO eat zinc-rich foods like avocados, bananas, mushrooms, unsalted nuts and dates. DON’T eat salty, spicy or acidic foods (or drinks)
- Nausea: DO eat ginger or drink ginger water. DON’T eat any of your food triggers (this varies for every individual). It also helps to have someone else prepare your food for you.
- Diarrhea:DO eat bland foods, rice, bananas, apples and drink lots of water. DON’T eat fatty foods or grains.
- Constipation:DO eat fiber-rich foods such as beans, lentils, fruits and vegetables. DON’T eat processed or fried foods or dairy.
When it comes to radiation, it comes with side effects such as nausea and a lack of appetite. It’s best to take nutrition supplements to retain nutrition. Patients will benefit from nutrient-rich smoothies, protein drinks, and be sure to pick calorie-dense options than low-calorie options, such as adding nuts or olive oil to your meals.
After having surgery from cancer, the main focus is to fill your body with replenishing nutrients and calories to ensure recovery. Eating the right foods can lower the risk of infection, speed up the healing process, while increasing energy and strength levels. In order to lower the of postoperative constipation, add in fiber-dense foods such as vegetables and fruit, oatmeal, and whole grains.
Make sure you consume healthy, lean meats for protein to help in healing body tissue. To reduce fatigue, eat plenty of healthy carbohydrates and healthy fats. Focus majorly on veggies and fruit to provide a sufficient intake of minerals and vitamins.
Stem Cell Transplant
It’s highly important for patients who undergo stem cell transplants to follow special dietary guidelines for 100 days to ensure prevention from infection. The diet is referred to as a “liberalized low bacteria diet, that aims to aid patients in avoiding food or prep techniques that increase the risk of an infection.
Patients must refrain from raw and expired foods (including raw vegetables and fruits), unpasteurized milk, juices, and ciders, dried spices, raw honey, and bakery foods.
It is imperative they wash their hands and surfaces properly, and ensure that high-risk foods like meat and eggs thoroughly. Before changing your diet, consult with your physician, or registered dietitian (RD), so they can help suggest a diet plan that helps reach your individual needs.