Cancer

Diet for Cancer Patients to Overcome Treatment’s Side Effect

When cancer develops in any person they have to undergo stringent treatments like radiation therapy , chemotherapy etc which gives a lot of side effect to the patients undergoing it. Since, these treatments cant be stopped and have to be taken on regular basis, the best a person can do is to follow proper

diet for cancer patients

so that they are able to over come the side effects and balance nutrition is available in their body to take up the treatments. First lets see what all are the side effects related to cancer treatments:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Loss of Appetite
  • Sores in mouth causing chewing and swallowing difficulty
  • Change of Taste and smell

We will discuss symptoms stepwise to know the

diet for cancer patients

suffering from these side effects.

    1. Nausea:

      This is the common side effect of cancer treatment or cancer itself. Diet tips for patients suffering from nausea after the treatment are:

      • Eat your meals slow and steadily
      • Always eat only small portions of food at regular intervals than eating a large amount at one go. Doing this will make you feel better and lighter because food will be present in your body all the time, providing you the required nutrition.
      • Try to eat food products which are low in calories and fat. Bland and salty items are also considered good. Avoid eating spicy , fried and oily food items.
      • Cool, clear beverages are best option again. Drink liquids like juices in between the meals, rather than during the meals.
      • When you feel nauseated don’t eat your favorite food also as this will make you dislike your favorite food as well.
      • Do not sleep or lie flat on bed for 2 hours after you have eaten your food. Take a gap of 1 hour after the lunch or dinner by talking to your family members, reading books or watching TV, before you for sleep.
      • Always eat in a separate dinning area or room which is away from the kitchen as the odor of cooking also leads to nausea.
      • If a particular food’s smell is making you nauseated then avoid them and make a note of them for future references. Try to eat more salads and cold items as they keep your system cooled up and there is no smell related to them.

Suggested diet for patients having frequent nausea:

      • Cream of oatmeal and wheat
      • Cold cereal
      • Soups
      • Cold sandwiches
      • Cottage cheese
      • Hard boiled eggs
      • Plain pasta
      • Rice and noodles
      • mashed potatoes
      • Canned fruit
      • Custard and pudding
      • Soda juice and herbal tea
      • Low-fat protein sources such as skinned chicken
      • Tofu which is baked or boiled but not fried
      • Fruits like peaches and vegetables
      • No liquids which have caffeine should be consumed
      • Ginger and peppermint teas which is served lukewarm or cold

    1. Vomiting :

      This is followed by nausea and is solely caused by the treatment’s effect. Severe vomiting should be reported to doctor as it causes loss of water from the body and dehydrate it. Relaxing and visualization exercise helps a lot in this case. Few dietary tips are as follows:

      • Avoid eating or drinking any thing till the vomiting subsides and you fell relaxed and calm.
      • Try drinking clear liquids such as lemon juice, cranberry juice. Sports drink such as vegetable broth, Gatorade and teas can be consumed.
      • Once you are able to tolerate these liquids, increase the dosage and then gradually start with the softer diet products like mashed potatoes, puree of fruits, plain boiled rice, fruit nectars, yogurts, cereals with milk or soy in case you cant digest milk.
      • Food products rich in Potassium and magnesium should be consumed in more amount. Food like bananans, potatoes, tomato, apricot and orange juice are rich in potassium.
    2. Constipation:

      During the cancer treatment the patient have to consume many medicines along with chemotherapy and due to their weakness they are not able to do regular exercises as well, these thing leads to constipation. Suggested tips and

      diet for cancer patients

      suffering from constipation are:

      • High fiber food items like chickpeas, fresh fruit and vegetables without missing dried fruit in your daily diet plan.
      • Add unprocessed wheat bran to yogurt and other cereals you eating.
      • Avoid intake of caffeine as it causes loss of fluid from body which increases constipation.
      • Drink warm lemon water, once you get up early in morning.

Suggested Dietary foods:

      • Whole grain cereals
      • Cooked beans, peas and lentils
      • Raw fruits and vegetables
      • Dried fruit
      • Prune juice
      • Hot lemon water
    1. Diarrhea:

      This can be caused due to chemotherapy,radiation therapy of lower abdomen, malabsorption and use of antibiotics and other strong medicines while under going the treatments. This is a very serious and fatal symptom for any person suffering from this condition. Hence its very important to have a proper diet in place along with certain safety tips to follow:

      • Drink lot of water and liquids as this will prevent dehydration. Avoid caffeine consumption.
      • Eat food products which are rich in potassium such as tomato juice, bananas, orange juice and potatoes.
      • BRAT diet like bananas, rice, applesauce, tea and toast.
      • Try frequent and small meals.
      • Avoid fried and greasy foods.
      • Avoid high-fiber food products like cereals made with bran, fibrous vegetables, whole grains etc.
      • Avoid milk, ice cream and puddings. Yogurt, cheese and custard may be taken in small quantity as they contain smaller amounts of lactose.

Suggested Dietary Plan:

    • Cream of wheat and oatmeal
    • Plain rice and corn cereals
    • Canned fruits and nectars
    • White rice, pasta and potatoes without skin
    • Sandwiches on white bread
    • Soups without cream
    • Cheese and crackers
    • Eggs
    • Peanut butter
    • Soda drinks and herbal tea
    • Nutritional drinks like Sustacal, Pediasure and Boost

During the cancer treatment vomiting, nausea, diarrhea are very fatal and serious condition as these side effects extract all the water and nutrition required for the body and make the person so weak. Hence they cant handle the treatments. Please follow a strict and useful

diet for cancer patients

and make them strong enough to fight back cancer.

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