It is important to eat small meals more often while undergoing conventional cancer treatments such as Surgery, Chemotherapy and Radiation Therapy.
For those who are suffering side-effects such as dysphasia, sore mouths or nausea, consuming a nutrient dense smoothie for one meal and then trying some sun-dried fruits (without sugar) and untoasted nuts as a snack a few hours later is a good idea.
A lunch with salad greens, bitter herbs, apple slices, berries and a dressing made with lemon and olive oil, a pinch of cayenne pepper and avocado makes an exceptionally nutrient-dense meal.
This type of Ayurvedic diet plan will increase your sense of taste, smell, and appetite and help one heal and feel good.
Conventional Cancer Treatments such as Chemotherapy and Radiation Therapy unfortunately generally come with a variety of not-so-nice side effects, such as diarrhoea, one of the more dangerous side effects.
Diarrhoea can not only be painful, but it also removes important nutrients, probiotics, and water from the body. As a result, diarrhoea puts one at a higher risk for more trauma from infection and dehydration.
It is important to manage these side effects immediately to prevent further complications that will weaken your body. The best way to heal is to ensure that you eat only healthy foods and avoid problematic foods that are going to worsen your diarrhoea.
Symptom Management, Palliative Care, or Supportive Care to relieve side-effects is an important part of cancer care and treatment and should always form part of the overall treatment plan.
Diarrhoea is frequent, loose, or watery bowel movements, and something that virtually every one of us has experienced or will experience at some or other time. Diarrhoea can be a symptom of infection, food poisoning, colitis, a gastrointestinal tumour, or as a result of cancer treatment.
Diarrhoea may be caused by chemotherapy, radiation therapy to the pelvis, the cancer itself, or by conditions unrelated to the cancer. The causes and treatments of your child’s diarrhoea could be varied, and it is important that you speak to their oncologist as soon as possible.
Preventing Diarrhoea or treating it early can help your child avoid dehydration or other problems. It is best to discuss your child’s symptoms with their health care team, as the correct solution to the problem depends greatly on the cause.
Speak to your child’s oncology team about giving them anti-diarrhoeal medications – Imodium is often used to treat Diarrhoea caused by some types of chemotherapy.
Read more about the Effects, Signs and Symptoms, Causes, Diagnosis and Treatment and more regarding Diarrhoea on our static page, Diarrhoea in Childhood Cancer