Nutrition Vital for People with Cancer


cancer fighting foodsGood nutrition plays a vital role during cancer treatment and must therefore play an important part in any overall treatment plan. The food we eat has daily impact on our health; increasing our energy levels and supporting our immune system among other benefits.

Eating a healthy, minimally processed, plant-based diet not only benefits your overall health, but can also help you manage symptoms during treatment and promote survivorship.

While many individuals with cancer find it difficult to source nutritious, tasty food while experiencing chemo-related side effects, there are oodles of ways to keep your body healthy and your immune system supported by eating the right foods during treatment.

It is common to experience a loss of appetite, taste changes, or other symptoms that make it difficult or less desirable to eat while undergoing treatment for cancer. Most individuals lose weight either as a result of their particular cancer or as a result of the harsh cancer treatments and are worried about how to regain the weight.

The following nutrition resources from the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, Massachusetts could go a long way in addressing your concerns. Although they are mainly geared towards adult cancer, we are sure that the recipes etc. can be easily adapted to suit children with cancer.

Since its founding in 1947, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, Massachusetts has been committed to providing adults and children with cancer with the best treatment available today while developing tomorrow’s cures through cutting-edge research. Read about our history, our breakthroughs, and the resources that help us support the health of our neighborhoods and communities.

The nutrition experts at Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center have undergone special training in oncology and nutrition, and base their advice on scientifically sound nutrition research.

 

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Please click on the following links for some very helpful information resources regarding nutrition and cancer, including recipes, reading material, articles and also some very informative videos:

Recipes

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You will find over 164 Recipes for Cancer Nutrition HERE

 

 

Nutrition Videos

In this series of short videos, Nutritionist Stacy Kennedy, MPH, RD, CSO, answers questions about nutrition during cancer treatment.

 

Books, Education Materials, and Websites

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Recommended Nutrition Books

Recommended Nutrition Education Materials

Recommended Nutrition Websites

 

 

 

Visit the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Health Library for more resources

 

 

 

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About LFCT

This is a blog about CHILDHOOD CANCER and CHILDHOOD CANCER AWARENESS Little Fighters Cancer Trust is a non-profit organisation that offers support and aid to Children with Cancer and their families. When a child is diagnosed with cancer it affects the whole family. One of the parents, usually the mother, must give up their job to care for the child and this creates financial problems for the family. In South Africa especially the majority of these families are not well-to-do; many of them are rural. A diagnosis of cancer can wipe out any family’s finances, let alone a poor family. The costs of special medications, special diets, hospital stays, transport to and from the hospital or clinic and accommodation and food costs for the mother who spends most of the time at her child’s bedside are astronomical. These are the people and problems that fall through the cracks, and these are the people that Little Fighters Cancer Trust has pledged to help in any way possible. LFCT takes a holistic approach to assisting the Children with Cancer and their Families, with the main aim to be the preservation of individual dignity and pride. Little Fighters Cancer Trust also focuses on promotion and advocacy of National Childhood Cancer Awareness in an effort to increase awareness of Early Warning Signs of Childhood Cancer. This would result in earlier diagnosis, giving the Child with Cancer more of a chance at Treatment and Survival. See "About" for more Background info

Posted on 12 April, 2016, in Advice & Tips, Blog, nutrition, Videos and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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