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Foodie Friday: Nausea Remedies


Cancer experts generally point out that everyone’s experience with cancer and cancer treatments is different, but one thing that is common to around 70% of  individuals undergoing cancer treatment is nausea.

While the symptoms will disappear once treatment is completed, it is a good idea to feed your child anti-nausea foods while undergoing Chemotherapy, Radiation Therapy or any other treatments/medications that make them nauseous.

Below are recipes for some foods that can help alleviate or minimise some of the nausea that can come with chemotherapy and radiation treatments.

Some general rules of thumb for cooks: keep portions small, keep the room cool, and keep cooking odours to a minimum (too much food, strong food aromas, and hot temperatures can also trigger nausea).

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Foodie Friday: Nutritious Snacks


As we all know, eating while dealing with the ravages of Childhood Cancer and the side-effects of Childhood Cancer Treatments can be challenging, but at the same time, it is vital that anyone with cancer eat nutritious meals and snacks in order to build up their immune system to fight the cancer and stay strong.

It is not always easy to get someone with cancer to eat though, due to mouth sores, weakness, nausea, and the fact that treatments sometimes leave a metallic taste in the mouth or just make food taste different.

Today we bring you some recipes found on a Pancreatic Cancer website that were devised by professional chefs and nutritionists for those with pancreatic cancer because of their extreme challenges in a patient’s diet and nutritional needs due to their digestive issues. While these recipes were devised for pancreatic cancer patients, they will be just a nutritious and beneficial to any cancer patient.

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Foodie Friday: Smoothie, Salad, Strudel & Sexy Herbed Chicken


Another busy week has flown by and it is weekend again – more important, it is Foodie Friday!

Once again we have been very busy researching the best foods for those fighting cancer and bring you another full day’s meals that we hope that both you and your Little Fighter will enjoy.

While we are currently only doing these recipes in posts, we will be updating our website soon and will then also include a separate section for recipes in the different genres so that  you will easily be able to look and find the perfect recipe whenever you want for whatever occasion… we will still continue to do our Foodie Friday posts too though.

Keeping in theme with yesterday’s post, todays recipes contain all those oh-so-important nutrients that are vital for fighting cancer – enjoy!

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7 Key Cancer-Fighting Nutrients & the Food they are In


We all basically know that we need nutrients to keep us healthy, but what exactly are nutrients and where do we find them? It is no good knowing what we need if we do not know where to find it, and vitamin and mineral supplements just do not do the trick; we need natural nutrients for health and cancer protection.

Children with Cancer, especially, need as many nutrients as possible to help fight the cancer as well as the side-effects from cancer treatments such as Chemotherapy and Radiation Therapy.

According to research by the American Institute for Cancer Research, getting our nutrients from foods will give one a powerful mix of health-promoting substances.

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Foodie Friday: A Day’s Meals


Hey there Fans,

Foodie Friday again and today we bring you a whole day’s worth of meals including snacks.

An important part of healthy eating is variety: a diverse mix of fruits, veggies, grains and proteins will ensure your Child with cancer gets a wider range of the nutrients their body needs to provide them with energy and boost their immune system.

Today’s recipe collection features a varied selection of dishes that will get them started in the morning and keep them going through the day – including a few sweet treats.

 

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FOODIE FRIDAY: The Wonderful & Nutritious Rosehip


 

Rosehip is part of the fruit that grows on the blossom of a wild rose called Rosa Canina. This rose grows mostly in Europe and parts of Africa and Asia – the plant grows up to ten feet tall and bears a white, very fragrant flower. Once the flower has bloomed, and all the petals have fallen off, the hip is picked and used in a wide variety of preparations.

Rosehips are high in beneficial micronutrients and phytonutrients such as vitamins A, B, C, E and K, and flavonoids. Rosehips contain as much as 20 x more vitamin C than oranges; a single tablespoon of rosehip pulp gives an adult more than the recommended daily allowance of 60 mg of Vitamin C.

Vitamin A is also beneficial to the immune system. It can help to prevent infections from both bacteria and viruses and fight off any infections that do occur.

Rosehips are often thought of as a great cancer preventative because they have carotenoids, polyphenols, flavonoids, leucoanthocyanins, and catechins.

Rosehips can be eaten raw, after being put through a blender, or soaked in water overnight and then cooked in the water for about half an hour.

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Cardamom Recipes for Children with Cancer


foodiefriday-wp-logoHey there Fans – it is Foodie Friday again so, following on our post about the health and cancer-fighting benefits of cardomom yesterday, here are some great cardomom recipes that both you and your Child with Cancer are sure to thoroughly enjoy!

Please remember that if there are any specific recipes that you would like for your Child with Cancer (something with their favourite foods) that you think will help them to eat when they are feeling poorly from their cancer treatment, drop us a line on our Contact Us page and we will be happy to research some easy recipes for you.

The same goes for any other information that you would like about Childhood Cancer ~ this blog is for YOU so we always try to post information that you need and/or want.

Have fun trying out the following recipes and let us know what they are like and whether your child enjoyed them.

 

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Nutrition and Cancer: 5 Things Every Cancer Patient Needs to Know


 

Video Transcript

Ty Bollinger: I can see from the place that you live that you understand the impact of nutrition. Talk about the impact of nutrition specifically on cancer. What is cancer and what does nutrition have to do with cancer?

Dr. Patrick Quillin: A broad expansive sort of global question here Ty. So forgive me if we take a couple of side spurs. My book, Beating Cancer with Nutrition, which has sold a half million copies and is considered the definitive work in that area. It’s been translated into five languages. I organized three international symposia on the subject of adjuvant or (more…)

Donations Urgently Required for Feeding Our Families Project


shopping trolleyJanuary is always a difficult month financially, and for the Little Fighters Cancer Trust it is no different because we basically deplete all our funds and stocks during the month of December for our Christmas Elf Project and our Festive Season Food Hampers that we provide for our Children with Cancer and their families.

In excess of 50% of the individual Childhood Cancer-affected families that are supported by the Little Fighters Cancer Trust have lost one income due to the child’s diagnosis. Children with Cancer have to follow a nutritionally specific diet, which is often impossible for families to follow due to lack of funds.

With one parent in the hospital for months, sometimes years on end, the sole breadwinner struggles to make ends meet at home. The Little Fighters Cancer Trust ensures that these families have food in the home while the Child with Cancer is in and out of hospital via our Feeding Our Families project.

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Nutrition for Brain Tumour Patients


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Malnutrition at the diagnosis of cancer is not an uncommon finding in the developing world.

Nutrition is very important for Children with Cancer, because the presence of the tumour as well as the treatments that they undergo play havoc with their immune systems as well as various other systems in their little bodies.

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Malnutrition

Malnutrition describes the consequences of insufficient protein-energy intake. Malnutrition is an unspecific term used to define an inadequate nutritional condition. It is characterized by either a deficiency or an excess of energy with measurable adverse effects on clinical outcome. Malnutrition describes the consequences of insufficient protein-energy intake. An adequate protein-energy balance is a prerequisite for age-appropriate growth and maintenance.

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Donations Needed of and for FOOD


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Most people do not realise the amount of pressure, stress and strain that a child diagnosed with cancer puts on the whole family… a diagnosis of cancer does not just mean hospital visits, an operation or medication; it means a complete lifestyle change.

Cancer is not a disease that picks and chooses; it can strike anyone at any time, and it DOES!

I would like you to just close your eyes for a moment and imagine the following:

You are the parent of 3 young children, and are just about managing to pay the rent, school fees, feed and clothe and carve out a meagre living for your family with both you and your spouse working… as is the case with many families in South Africa….

One of your children gets ill and just will not get better no matter what the doctor tries, then some tests are done and you get the news; your baby has cancer…

Your first thoughts are that you must do everything possible to get your child well, and so the journey with cancer begins….

There are the many trips to the doctor and then to the hospital oncology ward; this entails you travelling far away from your home for days, sometimes weeks at a time, as you need to stay with your child during treatment and there are not that many oncology wards in the country…. you cannot do this and still continue working because your boss will not allow you to be off work that much, and anyway, even when you are at work you are too tired from nursing your child to actually do any work…..

Now your happy little family of 5 suddenly only has one parent bringing in an income, but the rent must still be paid, school fees and uniforms must still be paid, electricity must still be paid, everything must still be paid… and you must still all eat…..

In the beginning the family and friends help out as much as they can, but they are also struggling and the help soon becomes less and less…. unfortunately cancer is not a disease that can be cured in a few weeks…

You sell whatever you can, but still cannot make it because you now also have transport and accommodation costs near the hospital, medications and other cancer-related costs to cover… and you really do not have the money to afford the nutrition that your Little Fighter with cancer needs to help heal the cancer and rebuild the immune system….

WHAT DO YOU DO??

Can you now understand a bit better what a diagnosis of childhood cancer means to a family? Can you understand the stress that this causes? Can you help with food donations or monetary donations? Can you NOT??

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Help us get a Radiothon to Raise Funds!


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THIS IS A MOCK-UP!!! HELP US MAKE IT REALITY!!!

GOLD-ARROWSMHELP US MAKE THIS HAPPEN

PLEASE take just 2 seconds and Sms “LITTLE FIGHTERS CANCER TRUST RADIOTHON” to 34519.

Only ONE SMS per phone will be counted, so sms from as many phones as you can and SPREAD THE WORD!!!

VOTING OPENS 24 JULY AND CLOSES 15 AUGUST

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The Little Fighters Cancer Trust helps close to 1,000 Children with Cancer and their families across South Africa with NO HELP from Government.

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