Nutrition For Cancer Patients.

Cancer is a lifestyle decease that has risen significantly, threatening the lives of many people. Taking HIV and cancer to the ballot, it will be a big win for HIV since cancer is deadly. Some people claim that HIV is cheap to maintain since the costs are low, starting from testing to medication.

However, you can also manage cancer by setting up your menu appropriately. A healthy menu includes drinks and foods that have the required nutrients, i.e., vitamins, proteins, carbohydrates, water, and fats.

Nutrition therapy is an important aspect that should not miss in the cancer treatment plan. The reason being that cancer and cancer treatment causes malnutrition through the process of chemotherapy, hormone therapy, surgery, radiation therapy, stem cell transplant, and immunotherapy. It should also include a healthy lifestyle routines.

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Cancer has various symptoms, each reacquiring special care. I will take you through some of these symptoms with the recommended and non recommended foods to manage the signs.

Symptom.Foods to try.Foods not to try.
NauseaFoods with starch and less fats e.g. Crackers, dry toast, low fat ice cream, canned fruits, Gelatin and frozen yogurt.
Cold foods e.g cheese, yogurt, supplements ( e.g ensure clear and juices diluted in water) and Popsicle.
Fatty foods, fried foods e.g eggs, heavy cream soup, foods with heavy spices e.g chili. Foods with high sugar.
Sore mouth Creamed soup, baby food, margarine, sour cream, baked foods e.g bread soaked in milk, nutritional supplements, custards, and cottage cheese. Spicy foods, salty foods, sharp and crunchy foods, drinks with alcohol and citrus fruits e.g lemons.
Anorexia Eat foods with high proteins e.g meat, Chicken, yogurt, eggs and fish.
Sore throat or swallowing problems.Soft foods e.g milkshakes, cooked cereals and scrambled eggs.
lubricate food with yogurt, gravy or sauces.
Take drinks using a straw.
use a blender to smoothen the food before eating.
Spicy foods, hot foods and drinks, alcoholic drinks, sharp and crunchy foods.
Table showing some symptoms of cancer and foods to eat to meet the nutritional needs of the body for cancer treatment.

In case the above diet changes do not help, visit a doctor and try an alternative method of attaining your nutritional objective e.g tube feeding.

Apart from watching your planned menu, it would be best if you also had a scheduled daily routine that meets the requirements for cancer treatment. The following are some strategies to implement to minimize the effects of cancer.

  1. Maintain a healthy weight.
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You may have lost weight during cancer treatment processes of chemotherapy, hormone therapy, surgery, radiation therapy, stem cell transplant, and immunotherapy. You should consult with your doctor about how to gain healthy weight.

Some patients gain weight during treatment, and therefore they should also get in touch with the doctor and figure out how to cut weight.

2. Reduce stress.

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Since cancer is deadly and expensive to treat most of the time, it is accompanied by depression. You should make sure that you don’t stress and overthink. You can do this through; counseling, joining cancer groups, exercise and acquiring meditation or relaxing techniques.

3. Excercise.

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Exercise makes us fit and boosts our confidence since we become proud of the shape we are acquiring. As a cancer patient, you should train and workout for effective treatment to take place. The following are some benefits of exercise to our body;

  • Reduces depression.
  • Reduces fatigue.
  • Reduces pain.
  • Minimizes the chances of cancer rising.
  • Boosts our mood and sleep.
  • Helps maintain a healthy weight.

4. Have a good sleep.

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Some cancer patients experience difficulties in sleeping due to various reasons such as depression. Therefore, to have a good rest, here are some tips to observe.

  • Stick to the planned rest schedule.
  • Do not take caffeine few hours to sleep time.
  • Make sure your room is dim and Silent.
  • Switch of your TV or computer 2 to 3 hours before bed time.

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Published by Erick Barasa

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