When you're being treated for cancer, it's more important than ever to eat a healthy diet and get good nutrition -- but it can also be more difficult than ever. Your body is working overtime to fight the cancer, while it's also doing extra duty to repair healthy cells that may have been damaged as a side effect of treatments like chemotherapy and radiotherapy. At the same time, many cancer treatments -- especially chemotherapy -- come with side effects that drain your strength and sap your appetite. So how can you make sure you're getting all the essential nutrients, vitamins, and minerals you need? Here's how to meet your needs.
1. Get enough calories each day to keep up energy levels
To combat fatigue, it is essential to get enough calories each day to keep up the energy levels. It is suggested to have high-protein snacks and small, frequent meals rather than large meals.
If cancer patients experience nausea, it is recommended that they eat more cold foods because they don’t have a strong odor, as well as lower-fat items since fats take longer to digest.
If cancer patients experience constipation, it would be better for cancer patients to eat fiber-rich foods and increase your fluid intake.
2. Get vitamin in FRUITS, not capsules
Cancer patients may lose their appetite when taking chemotherapy so they may supplement vitamin in capsules. Actually, if patients are having trouble keeping food down, it would not be easier to get nutrient from a simple capsule. We suggest that patients avoid high-dose of vitamin capsules because some of those possibly interfere with the cancer treatment. Thus, it would be prudent not to take high-dose multivitamins.
3. Get plenty of rest and keep your body well hydrated
Cancer treatments like chemotherapy and radiation can leave cancer patients dehydrated. Some drugs can also cause kidney damage if they're not flushed out of your system, so during cancer treatment, it's particularly important to get enough fluids.
Cancer treatment can sap your appetite, but that's when getting adequate nutrition is more important than ever. Nutrition plays a vital role in the natural treatment of cancers. Include lots of fresh vegetables and fruits in your daily diet. A low sugar diet is best as it can help starve the cancer cells. Have protein rich foods such as lentils and sprouts as well. It is best to cut down on meats and all inflammation causing foods.
*Surgery, in addition to the appropriate chemotherapy and radiotherapy, are effective in treating early cancer, but certain patients in late stage of cancer may not be tolerate surgery well as they can be relatively weak. A combination of carefully planned minimally invasive therapy, chemotherapy or radiotherapy can effectively reduce the side effects and discomfort of treatment and may help patient get better efficacy.