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Nutrition During and After Treatment

Posted 5/6/2014

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  What is different about today's offering is that it includes some advice about diet and nutrition after treatment has been completed. During active treatment, we all find our way to what we can eat. There is a joke about the ideal chemotherapy meal being mashed potatoes, white bread, and mac and cheese. The heavy on the carbs and rather bland is often exactly what people want. On the other hand, I have known women whose on-chemo taste leaned towards very spicy food and odd cravings. A standard piece of advice is to avoid those foods that are usually favorites as you don't want to later associate them with feeling unwell.

  After treatment, most of us return fairly quickly to our normal tastes and habits. Yes, there may be more attention paid to eating a healthy diet, but the flavors and spicing tend to be what we have long enjoyed. I surely recall my delight at again being interested in reading cookbooks and food magazines and looking forward to being in the kitchen.

  This article is from ASCO's Cancer Net. I give you the beginning and a link to read more:

Nutrition Recommendations During and After Treatment

Key Messages:
• Cancer treatment can affect your appetite, eating habits, and weight, but it is important for people with cancer to maintain a healthy
weight, get essential nutrients, and remain as physically active as possible.
• If you have difficulty eating due to side effects from cancer treatment, there are ways to make eating more comfortable.
• Working with a registered dietitian/nutritionist (RDN) can help make sure you are getting the nutrition you need.
Cancer treatment often affects a person's eating habits and nutritional needs. Although it is important for people with cancer to maintain a healthy body weight and eat nutritious foods, the side effects of surgery, radiation therapy, and chemotherapy may cause a person to eat less and lose weight. On the other hand, some treatments may cause weight gain [2] for some patients.
Nutrition recommendations during cancer treatment
Here are some general nutrition recommendations for people receiving cancer treatment.
• Maintain a healthy weight. For many people, this means avoiding weight loss by getting enough calories on a daily basis. In people who are obese, this may mean losing some weight. For most people with cancer, weight loss should be moderate, meaning only about a pound a week.
• Get essential nutrients the body needs, such as protein, carbohydrates, fiber, vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, such as carotenoids, and water.
• Be as active as you can.


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