Nutritional Needs of Cancer Patients

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A great article written by Jillian McKee,, that I thought I would share.  EVERYONE should read.  IT is a great reminder why we should strive to be healthy everyday.  Eat well and workout smart!  If we can keep our body’s healthy, we then can have a better chance to overcome this awful disease…aka Cancer!  It is never to late to start!  START TODAY…START FRESH!

Nutritional Needs of Cancer Patients

Some types of cancer treatments can alter your sense of taste, appetite, and make it hard to
swallow. These types of changes are usually short term in nature and improve over the
course of time. In the meantime, try to get your normal caloric intake and get enough
vitamins, minerals, and protein. The time for dieting is usually after you have recovered from
cancer. You might think losing weight will be good, but you need to concentrate on getting
enough nutrients to maintain your present weight. According to the American Cancer
Society, cancer patients should eat healthy diets that emphasize plant sources and choose
food and drink that help support a healthy weight.

You also need to be getting enough protein to help prevent muscle wasting. Protein helps
ensure you are growing, repairing bodily tissues and supporting a strong immune system. If
you are not getting enough protein, you will take longer to recover and have a greater
chance of acquiring an infection that can complicate your cancer treatment. Sources of
protein include nuts, dairy products, beans, and peas.

Fats and carbohydrates

Carbs and fats give your body most of the calories it requires. The total amount of calories
you need varies depending upon your age, level of physical activity, and weight. Good carb
sources include vegetables, fruits, whole grain products, beans, peas, oils, and seeds.


Getting enough vitamins and minerals in your diet helps you make sure you maintain healthy
growth and development of your body. They also help your body utilize the energy stored in
foods. If you are eating a balanced diet with plenty of protein and calories, you are probably
also getting enough vitamins and minerals. But maintaining a balanced diet can be difficult
when you are undergoing treatment for cancer, especially if the side effects, like
mesothelioma side effects, last a long time. In this case, your dietitian may suggest you take
a daily mineral supplement and multivitamin.

Poor appetite

You may experience a loss of appetite or changes in your eating habits during cancer
treatment. You might try having smaller, more frequent meals and snacks every few hours.
Keep high-calorie snacks on hand that also are high in protein.

Changes in taste

Sometimes, cancer treatment can alter your sense of smell and taste. If you are
experiencing this, you might try foods and drinks that are not what you normally have. You
should also rinse and brush to keep your mouth clean. This can sometimes help in improving

Other things you can do are using plastic utensils if you experience a metallic taste. You can
use seasonings like citrus, lemon wedges, and vinegar. You can chew mints, gum, or lemon
drops to cover up any unpleasant tastes that last after you are done eating. Some people
find tastes improve if they rinse their mouths with ginger ale, tea, or salted water before

Thank you for reading!  Hope this article helps you understand what life can be with cancer.

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