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Diet & Nutrition Recommendations
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CANCER NUTRITION DESCRIPTION
NUTRITION SUPPORT OBJECTIVE
The amount of data linking diet and nutrition to the development of cancer is massive, and is continuing to grow. The nutritional program and other recommendations outlined in this webpage and links are designed for persons who have been diagnosed with cancer, as well as for those who wish to enhance their chances of avoiding this disease. Vitamins (and related nutrients) should be taken in injection form whenever possible for intensive nutritional therapy. If you must use oral supplements, take them daily with meals (except for vitamin E, which should be taken before meals) unless specifically directed otherwise. Use only natural vitamin supplements from quality resources and forms (such as liquid or gel caps) that are easily absorbable by the digestive tract. Nutrients can be added to smoothies or freshly juiced drinks to help them go down easier and digest well. These recommendations are a starting point for research and is a basic and generalized outline for assisting established cancer therapy. It is always best to consult your health care provider and/or nutritionist for the best dietary plan designed specifically for you and your specific cancer and other health concerns. Every body is different and every need is unique.
NUTRITION & PHYSICAL ACTIVITY
It is important for people with cancer to take care of themselves. Taking care of yourself includes eating well and staying as active as you can. You need the right amount of calories to maintain a good weight. You also need enough protein to keep up your strength. Eating well may help you feel better and have more energy. Your health care provider (conventional and complementary/alternative), dietitian, or other health care practitioner can suggest a healthy diet.
Many people find they feel better when they stay active. Walking, yoga, swimming, and other exercise can keep you strong and increase your energy. Exercise may reduce pain and make treatment easier to handle. It also can help relieve stress. Whatever physical activity you choose, be sure to talk to your health care provider before you start and physical activity program. Also, if your activity causes you pain or other problems, be sure to let your health care provider know about it.
BEFORE TREATMENT NUTRITION RECOMMENDATIONS
OPTIMIZE NUTRITION BEFORE STARTING TREATMENT
PREPARATION FOR CANCER TREATMENT
When your cancer was first diagnosed, your health care provider talked to you about a treatment plan. This may have involved surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, hormone therapy, and biologic immunotherapy or some combination of those treatments. All of these methods of treating cancer kill cells. In the process of killing the cancer cells, some healthy cells are also damaged. That is what causes the side effects of cancer treatment. Side effects that can affect your ability to eat include:
- Loss of appetite.
- Changes in weight (either losing or gaining weight).
- Sore mouth or throat.
- Dry mouth.
- Dental and gum problems.
- Changes in sense of taste or smell.
- Nausea and vomiting.
- Lactose intolerance.
- Fatigue and/or depression.
You may or may not have any of these side effects. Many factors determine whether you will have any and how severe they will be. These factors include the type of cancer you have, the part of your body being treated, the type and length of treatment, and the dose of treatment. The good news is that if you do have side effects they can often be well-controlled. Most side effects also go away after treatment ends. Your practitioner can tell you more about your chances of having side effects and what they might be like.
NUTRITION RECOMMENDATIONS CAN BE DIFFERENT FOR CANCER PATIENTS
Recommendations about food and eating for cancer patients can be very different from the usual suggestions for healthful eating. This can be confusing for many patients because these new suggestions may seem to be the opposite of what they have always heard. Nutrition recommendations usually stress eating lots of fruits, vegetables, and whole grain breads and cereals; including a moderate amount of meat and dairy products; and cutting back on fat, sugar, alcohol, and salt.
Nutrition recommendations for cancer patients may focus on helping you eat more higher calorie foods that emphasize protein. Recommendations might include eating or drinking more milk, cream, cheese, and cooked eggs. Other suggestions might include increasing your use of sauces and gravies, or changing your cooking methods to include more butter, margarine, or oil. Sometimes, nutrition recommendations for cancer patients suggest that you eat less of certain high-fiber foods because these foods can aggravate problems such as diarrhea or a sore mouth.
Nutrition recommendations for cancer patients are different because they are designed to help build up your strength and help you withstand the effects of your cancer and its treatment. When you are healthy, eating enough food to get the nutrients you need is usually not a problem. During cancer treatment, however, this can become a challenge, especially if you have side effects or simply do not feel well.
CANCER TREATMENT PREPARATION
Until your treatment actually starts, you will not know exactly what, if any, side effects you may have or how you will feel. One way to prepare is to think of your treatment as a time for you to concentrate on yourself and on getting well. Here are some other ways to get ready:
- Think Positively: Many people have few or no eating-related side effects. Even if you do, they may be mild, and most go away after cancer treatment ends. Also, there are new drugs now that can work well to control side effects. Having a positive attitude, talking out your feelings, becoming well-informed about your cancer and treatment, and planning ways to cope can all help reduce worry and anxiety, make you feel more in control, and help you keep your appetite. Give food a chance. Even if you do have eating problems, you will have days when eating is a pleasure.
- Eat a Healthy Diet: A healthy diet is vital for a person's body to work its best. This is even more important for cancer patients. If you have been eating a healthy diet, you will go into treatment with reserves to help keep up your strength, prevent body tissue from breaking down, rebuild tissue, and maintain your defenses against infection. People who eat well are better able to cope with side effects. You may even be able to handle higher doses of certain treatments. For example, we know that some cancer treatments are actually much more effective if the patient is well-nourished and getting enough calories and protein in his or her diet. Do not be afraid to try new foods. Some things you may never have liked before may taste good to you during treatment.
- Plan Ahead: Stock the pantry and freezer with favorite foods so that you will not need to shop as often. Include foods you know you can eat even when you are sick. Keep foods handy that need little or no preparation, for example, pudding, peanut butter, tuna fish, cheese, and eggs. Do some cooking in advance and freeze in meal-sized portions. Talk to friends or family members about helping with shopping and cooking. Or, ask a friend or family member to manage that job for you. Talk to a registered dietitian about your concerns and what you might expect. She or he can give you ideas and help you plan meals. Ask for help in developing a grocery list with foods that might help with potential side effects, such as constipation or nausea. Ask about what has worked for other patients.
NUTRITION DURING CANCER TREATMENT
EATING PROBLEMS RELATED TO CANCER TREATMENT SIDE EFFECTS
All the methods of treating cancer - surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, hormone therapy, and biological therapy (immunotherapy) - are very powerful. Although these treatments target the fast-growing cancer cells in your body, healthy cells can also be damaged. Healthy cells that normally grow and divide rapidly, such as those in the mouth, digestive tract, and hair, are often affected by cancer treatments. The damage to healthy cells is what produces the unpleasant side effects that cause eating problems.
CANCER TREATMENT HOW IT CAN AFFECT EATING POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS Surgery
Increases the need for good nutrition. May slow digestion. May lessen the ability of the mouth, throat, and stomach to work properly. Adequate nutrition helps wound-healing and recovery.
Before surgery, a high-protein, high-calorie diet may be prescribed if a patient is underweight or weak. After surgery, some patients may not be able to eat normally at first. They may receive nutrients through a needle in their vein (such as in total parenteral nutrition), or through a tube in their nose or stomach.
As it damages cancer cells, it also may affect healthy cells and healthy parts of the body.
Treatment of head, neck, chest, or breast may cause:
Dry mouth. Sore mouth. Sore throat. Difficulty swallowing (dysphagia). Change in taste of food. Dental problems. Increased phlegm.
Treatment of stomach or pelvis may cause:
Nausea and vomiting Diarrhea Cramps, bloating Chemotherapy
As it destroys cancer cells, it also may affect the digestive system and the desire or ability to eat.
Nausea and vomiting. Loss of appetite. Diarrhea. Constipation. Sore mouth or throat. Weight gain or loss. Change in taste of food. Biological Therapy (Immunotherapy)
As it stimulates your immune system to fight cancer cells, it can affect the desire or ability to eat.
Nausea and vomiting. Diarrhea. Sore mouth. Severe weight loss. Dry mouth. Change in taste of food. Muscle aches, fatigue, fever. Hormonal Therapy
Some types can increase appetite and change how the body handles fluids.
Changes in appetite. Fluid retention.
CANCER TREATMENT SIDE EFFECTS EXPECTATIONS
Side effects of cancer treatment vary from patient to patient. The part of the body being treated, the type and length of treatment, and the dose of treatment determine whether side effects will occur. The good news is that not everyone has side effects during treatment, and most side effects go away when treatment ends. Side effects can also be well-controlled with new drugs. Talk to your health care provider about possible side effects from your treatment and what can be done about them. Some eating problems are caused by the treatment itself. Other times, patients may have trouble eating because they are upset, worried, or afraid. Losing your appetite and nausea are two normal responses to feeling nervous or fearful. Once you get into your treatment period and have a better sense of what to expect and how you will react, these anxiety-related eating problems should get better.
While you are in the hospital or undergoing treatment, talk to your health care provider or a registered dietitian. They can answer your questions and give you suggestions for specific meals, snacks, and foods, and for dealing with any eating problems you may have. They can also help with dietary preferences that reflect various cultural and ethnic backgrounds. Feel free to talk to them if problems arise during your recovery as well. Ask them what has worked for other patients.
Remember, there are not any hard and fast nutrition rules during cancer treatment. Some patients may continue to enjoy eating and have a normal appetite throughout most of their cancer treatment. Others may have days when they do not feel like eating at all; even the thought of food may make them feel sick. Here are some things to keep in mind:
- When you can eat, try to eat meals and snacks with sufficient protein and calories; they will help you keep up your strength, prevent body tissues from breaking down, and rebuild tissues that cancer treatment may harm.
- Many people find their appetite is better in the morning. Take advantage of this and eat more then. Consider having your main meal of the day early, and have liquid meal replacements later on if you do not feel so interested in eating (see the information on liquid meal replacements).
- If you do not feel well and can eat only one or two things, stick with them until you are able to eat other foods. Try a liquid meal replacement for extra calories and protein.
- On those days when you can not eat at all, do not worry about it. Do what you can to make yourself feel better. Come back to eating as soon as you can, and let your health care provider know if this problem does not get better within a couple of days.
- Try to drink plenty of fluids, especially on those days when you do not feel like eating. Water is essential to your body's proper functioning, so getting enough fluids will ensure that your body has the water it needs. For most adults, 6 to 8 cups of fluid a day are a good target. Try carrying a water bottle with you during the day. That may help you get into the habit of drinking plenty of fluids. See tables below for many examples of fluids you can try.
COPING WITH SIDE EFFECTS
Practical hints are offered here for coping with treatment side effects that may affect your eating. These suggestions have helped other patients manage the same eating problems that you may have. Try all the ideas to find what works best for you. Share your needs and concerns with your family and friends, particularly those who prepare meals for you. Let them know that you appreciate their support. Keep a treatment journal or diary to keep track of your side effects and use it to monitor how you feel as you go through treatment. Use the second, "Notes," to jot down questions or concerns that you want to discuss with your health care team.
SIDE EFFECTS JOURNAL FORM
Here is a form to help you keep track of eating-related side effects you may experience while you are undergoing cancer treatment. Feel free to copy this form and keep your own records. You can also share it with the health professional who is keeping track of side effects with you during this time.
Write the type and date of your last treatments(s):
Type of Treatment:
Your Weight (lbs) (Measure weekly):
Below you will find a list of some eating-related side effects that cancer patients may experience. Check the box next to any side effect listed below that you experience in the week you have listed above. Next to each one you have checked, write a number from 1 to 3 indicating how severe you think each side effect was for you:
1= mild; 2= moderate; and 3= severe.
SIDE EFFECT M T W Th F S Sun Sore/Dry Mouth Nausea Vomiting Constipation Diarrhea Fatigue Other: Other Questions or Concerns: (Use this space to write down questions or concerns you may want to talk about with your health care provider.)
LOSS OF APPETITE
Loss of appetite or poor appetite is one of the most common problems that occurs with cancer and its treatment. No one knows exactly what causes loss of appetite. It may be caused by the treatments or by the cancer itself. Emotions such as fear or depression can also take away a person's appetite. Ask your health care provider, psychoanalyst or social worker about ways to lessen these emotional difficulties. Sometimes it is the side effects of treatment such as nausea, vomiting, or changes in food's taste or smell that make a person feel like not eating. If this is the cause, work with your health care provider to get the side effects under better control.
For some people, loss of appetite happens for just a day or two; for others, it's an ongoing concern. Whatever the reason, here are some suggestions that might help:
Try liquid or powdered meal replacements, such as "instant breakfast," during times when it is hard for you to eat food. Try frequent small meals throughout the day, rather than fewer big ones. It may be easier to eat more that way, and you will not get so full. Keep snacks within easy reach so you can have something whenever you feel like it. Cheese and crackers, muffins, ice cream, peanut butter, fruit, and pudding are good possibilities. Take a portable snack with you when you go out, such as peanut butter crackers or small boxes of raisins.
QUICK & EASY SNACKS
Applesauce Bread, muffins, and crackers Buttered popcorn Cakes & cookies made with whole grains, fruits, nuts, wheat germ, or granola Cereal Cheese, hard or semisoft Cheesecake Chocolate milk Crackers Cream soups Dips made with cheese, beans, or sour cream Fruit (fresh, canned, dried) Gelatin salads and desserts
Granola Hard-boiled & deviled eggs Ice cream frozen yogurt, popsicles Juices Milkshakes, "instant breakfast" drinks Nuts Peanut butter Pita bread & hummus Pizza Puddings & custards Sandwiches Vegetables (raw or cooked) Whole or 2% milk Yogurt
Even if you do not feel like eating solid foods, try to drink beverages during the day. Juice, soup, and other fluids like them can give you important calories and nutrients. Milk-based drinks also provide protein. The lists below give lots of examples of fluids.
EXAMPLES OF CLEAR LIQUIDS
Bouillon Clear, fat-free broth Clear carbonated beverages Consomme Cranberry/grape juice Fruit-flavored drinks Fruit ices without fruit pieces Fruit ices without milk Fruit punch Honey
Jelly Plain gelatin dessert Popsicles Sports drinks Strained citrus juice Strained lemonade/limeade Strained vegetable broth Tea Water
EXAMPLES OF FULL-LIQUID FOODS
All fruit juices and nectars Bouillon, broth Butter/cream/oil/margarine Carbonated beverages Cheese soup Coffee/Tea Fresh or frozen plain yogurt Fruit drinks Fruit punch Honey/jelly/syrup Ice milk Liquid meal replacements Milk, all types Milkshakes Pasteurized eggnog
Plain cornstarch pudding Plain gelatin desserts Potatoes pureed in soup Refined/strained cooked cereal Small amounts of strained meat in broth or gelatin Smooth ice cream Soft or baked custard Strained lemonade/limeade Strained or blenderized soup Thin fruit purees Tomato juice Tomato puree for cream soup Vegetable juice Water
If possible, try having something at bedtime. It will not affect your appetite for the next meal.
Sometimes, changing the form of a food will make it more appetizing and help you eat better. For example, if eating whole, fresh fruit is a problem, try mixing fruit into a milkshake. (See Banana Milkshake Recipe under Recipes further down on this page.)
Try softer, cool, or frozen foods, such as yogurt, milkshakes, or popsicles.
Take advantage of times when you do feel well, and have a larger meal then. Many people have a better appetite first thing in the morning, when they are well rested.
During meals, sip only small amounts because drinking may make you feel full. If you want to have more than just a small amount to drink, have it 30 to 60 minutes before or after a meal.
Make mealtimes as relaxed and pleasant as possible. Presenting food or meals in an attractive way may also help.
If your health care provider allows, have a small glass of wine or beer during a meal. It may help to stimulate your appetite.
Regular exercise may help your appetite. Check with your health care provider to see what options are open to you.
COMMERCIAL PRODUCTS TO IMPROVE NUTRITION
If you cannot get enough calories and protein from your diet, commercial meal replacements such as drinks, "shakes," and "instant breakfast" powders may help. Other products also can be added to any food or beverage. These supplements are high in protein and calories and have extra vitamins and minerals. They come in liquid, pudding, and powder forms. Most commercial meal replacements contain little or no lactose. However, it is important to check the label if you are sensitive to lactose. Your health care provider or a registered dietitian can tell you which products are best for you and which ones are available in your area.
Most of these products need no refrigeration until you open them. That means you can carry them with you and have them whenever you feel hungry or thirsty. They are also good chilled as between-meal or bedtime snacks. You may want to take a can with you when you go for treatments or other times when you may have a long wait.
Many supermarkets and drugstores carry a variety of commercial liquid meal replacements. If you do not see these products on the shelf, ask the store manager if they can be ordered. You may have to try a few different brands to find one that you like. Some people do not care for the flavor or texture of some of the liquid brands and have to try different ones to find one that is palatable to your own tastes. Some people prefer using the powdered drinks, which can be added to "smoothies" and tend to taste better and go down easier, especially when fresh fruits (such as fresh bananas or strawberries) are added to the blend.
Many cancer patients lose weight during their cancer treatment. This is partly due to the effects of the cancer itself on the body. Also, if you have lost your appetite and are eating less than usual because of your treatment or emotional worries, you may lose weight. See the recommendations below about increasing calories and increasing protein in your diet. These lists will give you some ideas for slowing weight loss or even gaining a few pounds. The tips under Loss of Appetite may help, too.
RECOMMENDATIONS FOR INCREASING DIETARY CALORIES
Butter & Margarine
Add to soups, mashed and baked potatoes, hot cereals, grits, rice, noodles, and cooked vegetables. Stir into cream soups, sauces, and gravies. Combine with herbs and seasonings, and spread on cooked meats, hamburgers, and fish and egg dishes. Use melted butter or margarine as a dip for seafoods and raw vegetables, such as shrimp, scallops, crab, and lobster.
Use sweetened on hot chocolate, desserts, gelatin, puddings, fruits, pancakes, and waffles. Fold unsweetened into mashed potatoes or vegetable purees.
Milk & Cream
Use in cream soups, sauces, egg dishes, batters, puddings, and custards. Put on hot or cold cereal. Mix with noodles, pasta, rice, and mashed potatoes. Pour on chicken and fish while baking. Use as a binder in hamburgers, meatloaf, and croquettes. Use whole milk instead of low-fat. Use cream instead of milk in recipes. Make hot chocolate with cream and add marshmallows.
Melt on top of casseroles, potatoes, and vegetables. Add to omelets. Add to sandwiches.
Spread on breads, muffins, fruit slices, & crackers. Add to vegetables. Roll into balls & coat with chopped nuts, wheat germ, or granola.
Add to cream soups, baked potatoes, macaroni & cheese, vegetables, sauces, salad dressings, stews, baked meat, & fish. Use as a topping for cakes, fruit, gelatin desserts, breads, & muffins. Use as a dip for fresh fruits & vegetables. For a good dessert, scoop it on fresh fruit, add brown sugar, & refrigerate until cold before eating.
Salad Dressings & Mayonnaise
Use with sandwiches. Combine with meat, fish, & egg or vegetable salads. Use as a binder in croquettes. Use in sauces & gelatin dishes.
Honey, Jam, & Sugar
Add to bread, cereal, milk drinks, fruit & yogurt desserts. Use as a glaze for meats, such as chicken.
Use in cookie, muffin, & bread batters. Sprinkle on vegetables, yogurt, ice cream, pudding, custard, & fruit. Layer with fruits & bake. Mix with dry fruits and nuts for a snack. Substitute for bread or rice in pudding recipes.
(Raisins, Prunes, Apricots, Dates, Figs)
Try cooking dried fruits; serve for breakfast or as a dessert or snack. Add to muffins, cookies, breads, cakes, rice & grain dishes, cereals, puddings, & stuffings. Bake in pies & turnovers. Combine with cooked vegetables, such as carrots, sweet potatoes, yams, acorn & butternut squash. Combine with nuts or granola for snacks.
Add chopped, hard-cooked eggs to salads & dressings, vegetables, casseroles, & creamed meats. Make a rich custard with eggs, milk, & sugar. Add extra hard-cooked yolks to deviled-egg filling & sandwich spread. Beat eggs into mashed potatoes, vegetable purees, & sauces. (Be sure to keep cooking these dishes after adding the eggs because raw eggs may contain harmful bacteria.) Add extra eggs or egg whites to custards, puddings, quiches, scrambled eggs, omelets, pancake & French toast batter before cooking.
Bread meat & vegetables. If tolerated, saute & fry foods when possible, because these methods add more calories than do baking or broiling. Add sauces or gravies.
INCREASING DIETARY PROTEIN
Hard or Semisoft Cheese
Melt on sandwiches, bread, muffins, tortillas, hamburgers, hot dogs, other meats or fish, vegetables, eggs, desserts, stewed fruit, or pies. Grate & add to soups, sauces, casseroles, vegetable dishes, mashed potatoes, rice, noodles, or meatloaf.
Mix with or use to stuff fruits & vegetables. Add to casseroles, spaghetti, noodles, & egg dishes, such as omelets, scrambled eggs, & souffles. Use in gelatin, pudding-type desserts, cheesecake, & pancake batter. Use to stuff crepes & pasta shells or manicotti.
Use milk instead of water in beverages & in cooking when possible. Use in preparing hot cereal, soups, cocoa, & pudding. Add cream sauces to vegetables & other dishes.
Nonfat Instant Dry Milk
Add to regular milk and milk drinks, such as pasteurized eggnog & milkshakes. Use in casseroles, meatloaf, breads, muffins, sauces, cream soups, mashed potatoes, puddings & custards, & milk-based desserts.
See the above section on "Commercial Products to Improve Nutrition" Use "instant breakfast" protein powder supplements in milk drinks & desserts. Mix with ice cream, milk, & fruit or flavorings for a high-protein milkshake.
Ice Cream, Yogurt, & Frozen Yogurt
Add to carbonated beverages, such as ginger ale or cola. Add to milk drinks, such as milkshakes. Add to cereal, fruit, gelatin desserts, & pies; blend or whip with soft or cooked fruits. Sandwich ice cream or frozen yogurt between cake slices, cookies, or graham crackers. Make breakfast drinks with fruit & bananas.
Add chopped, hard-cooked eggs to salads & dressings, vegetables, casseroles, & creamed meats. Add extra eggs or egg whites to quiches, pancake & French toast batter. Add extra egg whites to scrambled eggs & omelets. Make a rich custard with eggs, high-protein milk, & sugar. Add extra hard-cooked yolks to deviled-egg filling & sandwich spreads. Avoid raw eggs, which may contain harmful bacteria, because your treatment may make you susceptible to infection. Make sure all eggs you eat are well cooked or baked; avoid eggs that are undercooked.
Nuts, Seeds, & Wheat Germ
Add to casseroles, breads, muffins, pancakes, cookies, & waffles. Sprinkle on fruit, cereal, ice cream, yogurt, vegetables, salads, & toast as a crunchy topping; use in place of bread crumbs. Blend with parsley or spinach, herbs, & cream for a noodle, pasta, or vegetable sauce. Roll banana in chopped nuts.
Spread on sandwiches, toast, muffins, crackers, waffles, pancakes, & fruit slices. Use as a dip for raw vegetables, such as carrots, cauliflower, & celery. Blend with milk drinks & beverages. Swirl through soft ice cream & yogurt.
Meat & Fish
Add chopped, cooked meat or fish to vegetables, salads, casseroles, soups, sauces, & biscuit dough. Use in omelets, souffles, quiches, sandwich fillings, chicken & turkey stuffings. Wrap in pie crust or biscuit dough as turnovers. Add to stuffed baked potatoes.
Beans & Legumes
Cook & use peas, legumes, beans, & tofu in soups or add to casseroles, pastas, grain dishes that also contain cheese or meat. Mash cooked beans with cheese & milk.
SIMPLE RECIPES FOR INCREASING CALORIES & PROTEIN
Here are some simple recipes that show you how to increase the calories and protein of familiar foods.
1 quart whole milk
1 cup nonfat instant dry milk
Pour liquid milk into a deep bowl.
Add dry milk and beat slowly with beater until dry milk is dissolved (usually less than five minutes).
Refrigerate and serve cold.
Note: If it tastes too strong, start with 1/2 cup of dry milk powder and gradually work up to 1 cup.
Yield: 1 quart
Serving size: 1 cup
Calories per serving: 211 calories
Protein per serving: 14 grams
Use fortified milk when making:
- Macaroni and cheese.
- Puddings and custards.
- Cream sauces for vegetables.
- Mashed potatoes.
- French toast or pancake batter.
1 cup fortified milk
2 tablespoon butterscotch, chocolate, or your favorite fruit syrup or sauce
1/2 cup ice cream
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Put all ingredients in a blender. Blend at low speed for 10 seconds.
Yield: 1 serving
Serving size: Approximately 1.5 cups
Calories per serving: 425 calories
Protein per serving: 17 grams
PEANUT BUTTER SNACK SPREAD
1 tablespoon non-fat instant dry milk
1 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon water
5 tablespoon smooth peanut butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Combine dry milk, water, and vanilla, stirring to moisten. Add honey and peanut butter, stirring slowly until liquid blends with peanut butter.
Spread on crackers.
Mixture also can be formed into balls, chilled, and eaten as candy.
Keeps well in refrigerator but is difficult to spread when cold.
Yield: 6 tablespoons
Serving size: 3 tablespoons
Calories per serving: 279 calories
Protein per serving: 11 grams
1 whole ripe banana, sliced
Vanilla extract (few drops)
1 cup milk
Place all ingredients into a blender. Blend at high speed until smooth.
Yield: 1 serving
Serving size: Approximately 2 cups
If made with whole milk:
Calories per serving: 255 calories
Protein per serving: 9 grams
If made with 2% milk:
Calories per serving: 226 calories
Protein per serving: 9 grams
If made with skim milk:
Calories per serving: 190 calories
Protein per serving: 9 grams
INSTANT DRY MILK AS A PROTEIN POWDER
For extra protein in dishes, consider adding a little non-fat instant dry milk to scrambled eggs, soup, cereal, sauces, and gravies.
Some patients find their weight does not change during treatment. They may even gain weight. This is particularly true for breast, prostate, and ovarian cancer patients taking certain medications or who are on hormone therapy or chemotherapy.
It is important not to go on a diet right away if you notice weight gain. Instead, tell your health care provider so you can find out what may be causing this change. Sometimes, weight gain happens because certain anti-cancer drugs can cause your body to hold on to excess fluid. This condition is called edema. The weight comes from the extra water. If this is the case, your health care provider may ask you to talk with a registered dietitian for guidelines on limiting the amount of salt you eat. This is important because salt causes your body to hold extra water. Your health care provider may also want to prescribe a diuretic. This is a medication that causes your body to get rid of excess fluid.
Breast cancer patients with a primary diagnosis of cancer may be different. Over half of them may actually gain weight rather than lose during treatment. Because of this, many of the recommendations for breast cancer patients do emphasize a lower fat, reduced calorie diet similar to those provided to patients after cancer treatment has been completed.
Weight gain may also be the result of increased appetite and eating extra food and calories. If this is the case and you want to stop gaining weight, here are some tips that can help. Talk to a registered dietitian for more guidance:
- Emphasize fruits, vegetables, breads and cereals.
- Choose lean meats (lean beef or pork trimmed of fat, chicken without skin) and low-fat dairy products (skim or 1% milk, light yogurt).
- Cut back on added butter, mayonnaise, sweets, and other extras.
- Choose low-fat and low-calorie cooking methods (broiling, steaming).
- Avoid eating high-calorie snacks between meals.
- If you feel up to it, increase the amount of exercise you get.
SORE MOUTH OR THROAT
Mouth sores, tender gums, and a sore throat or esophagus often result from radiation therapy, chemotherapy, or infection. If you have a sore mouth or gums, see your health care provider to be sure the soreness is a treatment side effect and not an unrelated dental problem. The practitioner may be able to give you medicine that will control mouth and throat pain. Your dentist also can give you tips for the care of your mouth. Certain foods will irritate an already tender mouth and make chewing and swallowing difficult. By carefully choosing the foods you eat and by taking good care of your mouth, teeth, and gums, you can usually make eating easier. Try soft foods that are easy to chew and swallow, such as:
- Bananas, applesauce, and other soft fruits.
- Peach, pear, and apricot nectars.
- Cottage cheese, yogurt.
- Mashed potatoes, noodles.
- Macaroni and cheese.
- Custards, puddings, and gelatin.
- Scrambled eggs.
- Oatmeal or other cooked cereals.
- Pureed or mashed vegetables, such as peas and carrots.
- Pureed meats.
SIMPLE RECIPE FOR SORE MOUTH
Here is a simple blender recipe that is easy on a sore mouth.
FRUIT & CREAM
1 cup whole milk
1 cup vanilla ice cream or frozen yogurt
1 cup canned fruit (heavy syrup), including juice (peaches, apricots, pears)
Almond or vanilla extract to taste
Blend ingredients and chill well before serving.
Yield: 2 servings
Serving size: 1.5 cups
If made with ice cream:
Calories per serving: 302 calories
Protein per serving: 7 grams
If made with frozen yogurt:
Calories per serving: 268 calories
Protein per serving: 9 grams
Avoid foods or liquids that can irritate your mouth. These include:
- Oranges, grapefruits, lemons, or other citrus fruit or juice.
- Tomato sauces or juice.
- Spicy or salty foods.
- Raw vegetables, granola, toast, crackers, or other rough, coarse, or dry foods.
- Commercial mouthwashes that contain alcohol.
Other suggestions for sore mouth and throat problems include:
- Cook foods until they are soft and tender.
- Cut foods into small pieces.
- Use a blender or food processor to puree your food.
- Mix food with butter, margarine, thin gravy, or sauce to make it easier to swallow.
- Use a straw to drink liquids.
- Use a smaller-than-usual spoon, such as a baby spoon.
- Try foods cold or at room temperature. Hot foods can irritate a tender mouth and throat.
- Try drinking warm bouillon or salty broth; it can soothe throat pain.
- Try sucking on ice chips.
- If swallowing is hard, tilting your head back or moving it forward may help.
- If your teeth and gums are sore, your dentist may be able to recommend a special product for cleaning your teeth.
- Rinse your mouth often with water to remove food and bacteria and to promote healing.
Ask your health care provider about anesthetic lozenges and sprays that can numb your mouth and throat long enough for you to eat meals.
Chemotherapy and radiation therapy in the head or neck area can reduce the flow of saliva and cause dry mouth. When this happens, foods are harder to chew and swallow. Dry mouth also can change the way foods taste. Some of the ideas for sore mouth and throat may help. The suggestions below also may help you deal with dry mouth:
- Have a sip of water every few minutes to help you swallow and talk more easily.
- Consider carrying a water bottle with you so you always have some handy.
- Try very sweet or tart foods and beverages, such as lemonade; these foods may help your mouth make more saliva. (Do not try this if you also have a tender mouth or sore throat and the sweet or tart foods make it worse.)
- Suck on hard candy or popsicles or chew gum. These can help make more saliva.
- Eat soft and pureed foods, which may be easier to swallow.
- Keep your lips moist with lip balms or salves.
- Moisten food with sauces, gravies, and salad dressings to make it easier to swallow.
If your dry mouth problem is severe, ask your health care provider or dentist about products that coat, protect, and moisten your mouth and throat. These are sometimes called "artificial saliva."
DENTAL & GUM PROBLEMS
Cancer and cancer treatment can cause tooth decay and other problems for your teeth and gums. For example, radiation to the mouth can affect your salivary glands, making your mouth dry and increasing your risk of cavities. Changes in eating habits also may add to the problem. Your health care provider and dentist should work closely together to fix any problems with your teeth before you start treatment. If you eat often or eat a lot of sweets, you may need to brush your teeth more often. Brushing after each meal or snack is a good idea. Here are some other ideas for preventing dental problems:
- Be sure to let your health care provider know about any dental problems you are having.
- Be sure to see your dentist regularly. Patients who are receiving treatment that affects the mouth - for example, radiation to the head and neck - may need to see the dentist more often than usual.
- Use a soft toothbrush. Ask your health care provider or dentist to suggest a special kind of toothbrush and/or toothpaste if your gums are very sensitive.
- Rinse your mouth with warm water when your gums and mouth are sore.
- If you are eating foods high in sugar or foods that stick to your teeth, be sure to brush or rinse your mouth afterward so that the sugar will not damage your teeth, or use sugar-free varieties. (Sorbitol, a sugar substitute that is contained in many sugar-free foods, can cause diarrhea in many people. If diarrhea is a problem for you, check the labels of sugar-free foods before you buy them and limit your use of them.)
CHANGED SENSE OF TASTE OR SMELL
Your sense of taste or smell may change during your illness or treatment. Foods, especially meat or other high-protein foods, can begin to have a bitter or metallic taste. Many foods will have less taste. Chemotherapy, radiation therapy, or the cancer itself may cause these problems. Dental problems also can change the way foods taste. For most people, changes in taste and smell go away when their treatment is finished.
There is no foolproof way to prevent changes to your sense of taste or smell because each person is affected differently by illness and treatments. However, the tips below should help if you have this problem. (If you also have a sore mouth, sore gums, or a sore throat, talk to your health care provider or registered dietitian. They can suggest ways to help you without hurting the sore areas.)
- Choose and prepare foods that look and smell good to you.
- If red meat, such as beef, tastes or smells strange, try chicken, turkey, eggs, dairy products, or mild-tasting fish instead.
- Help the flavor of meat, chicken, or fish by marinating it in sweet fruit juices, sweet wine, Italian dressing, or sweet-and-sour sauce.
- Try using small amounts of flavorful seasonings, such as basil, oregano, or rosemary.
- Try tart foods, such as oranges or lemonade, that may have more taste. A tart lemon custard might taste good and will also provide needed protein and calories. (If you have a sore mouth or throat, tart or citrus foods might cause pain or discomfort.)
- If smells bother you, try serving foods at room temperature, turning on a kitchen fan, covering foods when cooking, and cooking outdoors in good weather.
- Try using bacon, ham, or onion to add flavor to vegetables.
- Visit your dentist to rule out dental problems that may affect the taste or smell of food.
- Ask your dentist or health care provider about special mouthwashes and good mouth care.
Nausea, with or without vomiting, is a common side effect of surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and biological therapy. The disease itself, or other conditions unrelated to your cancer or treatment, may also cause nausea. Some people have nausea or vomiting right after treatment; others do not have it until two or three days after a treatment. Many people never experience nausea. For those who do, nausea often goes away once the treatment is completed. Also, there are now drugs that can effectively control this side effect. These medications, called anti-emetics, are often given at the beginning of a chemo-therapy session to prevent nausea.
Whatever the cause, nausea can keep you from getting enough food and needed nutrients. Ask your health care provider about anti-emetics that might help you control nausea and vomiting. Try foods that are easy on your stomach, such as:
Toast, crackers, & pretzels Yogurt Sherbet Angel food cake Cream of wheat, rice, or oatmeal Boiled potatoes, rice, or noodles Skinned chicken that is baked or broiled, not fried Canned peaches, soft, bland fruits & vegetables Clear liquids Ice chips Carbonated drinks
Avoid foods that:
- Are fatty, greasy, or fried.
- Are very sweet, such as candy, cookies, or cake.
- Are spicy or hot.
- Have strong odors.
Other eating suggestions to help with nausea:
- Eat small amounts, often and slowly.
- Eat before you get hungry, because hunger can make feelings of nausea stronger.
- If nausea makes certain foods unappealing, then eat more of the foods you find easier to handle.
- Avoid eating in a room that's stuffy, too warm, or has cooking odors that might disagree with you.
- Drink fewer liquids with meals. Drinking liquids can cause a full, bloated feeling.
- Slowly drink or sip liquids throughout the day. A straw may help.
- Have foods and drinks at room temperature or cooler; hot foods may add to nausea.
- Do not force yourself to eat favorite foods when you feel nauseated. This may cause a permanent dislike for those foods.
- Rest after meals, because activity may slow digestion. It is best to rest sitting up for about an hour after meals.
- If nausea is a problem in the morning, try eating dry toast or crackers before getting up.
- Wear loose-fitting clothes.
- If nausea occurs during radiation therapy or chemotherapy, avoid eating for 1 to 2 hours before treatment.
Try to keep track of when your nausea occurs and what causes it (specific foods, events, surroundings). If possible and if it helps, change your diet or schedule. Share the information with your health care provider.
Vomiting may follow nausea and may be brought on by treatment, food odors, gas in the stomach or bowel, or motion. In some people, certain associations or surroundings, such as the hospital, may cause vomiting. As with nausea, some people have vomiting right after treatment, while others do not have it until a day or more after treatment.
If vomiting is severe or lasts for more than a day or two, contact your health care provider. He or she may give you an anti-emetic medication to control nausea and vomiting.
Very often, if you can control nausea, you can prevent vomiting. At times, though, you may not be able to prevent either. Relaxation exercises or meditation may help you. These usually involve deep rhythmic breathing and quiet concentration, and can be done almost anywhere. If vomiting does occur, try these suggestions to help prevent further episodes:
- Do not eat or drink anything until you have the vomiting under control.
- Once the vomiting is under control, try small amounts of clear liquids, such as water or bouillon. Table 2 gives you more examples of clear liquids. Begin with 1 teaspoonful every 10 minutes, gradually increasing the amount to 1 tablespoon every 20 minutes. Finally, try 2 tablespoons every 30 minutes.
- When you are able to keep down clear liquids, try a full-liquid diet or a soft diet. See the list of of full-liquid food examples above. Continue taking small amounts as often as you can keep them down. If you feel okay, gradually work up to your regular diet. If you have a hard time digesting milk, you may want to try a soft diet instead of a full-liquid diet, because a full-liquid diet includes a lot of milk products. Ask a registered dietitian for information about a soft diet.
Diarrhea may have several causes, including chemotherapy, radiation therapy to the abdomen, infection, food sensitivities, and emotional upset. Work with your health care provider to identify the cause of your diarrhea so that it can be successfully treated. During diarrhea, food passes quickly through the bowel before your body has a chance to absorb enough vitamins, minerals, and water. This may cause dehydration, which means that your body does not have enough water to work well. Long-term or severe diarrhea may cause problems, so contact your health care provider if the diarrhea is severe or lasts for more than a couple of days. Here are some ideas for coping with diarrhea:
- Drink plenty of fluids to replenish what you lose with the diarrhea. See the list of full liquid examples and clear liquid examples for fluids to be given and tried for rehydration.
- Eat small amounts of food throughout the day instead of three large meals.
- Eat plenty of foods and liquids that contain sodium and potassium, two important minerals that help your body work properly. These minerals are often lost during diarrhea. Good high-sodium liquids include bouillon or fat-free broth. Foods high in potassium that do not cause diarrhea include bananas, peach and apricot nectar, and boiled or mashed potatoes. Sports drinks contain both sodium and potassium and have easily absorbable forms of carbohydrates.
Try these foods:
- Yogurt, cottage cheese.
- Rice, noodles, or potatoes.
- Farina or cream of wheat.
- Eggs (cooked until the whites are solid; not fried).
- Smooth peanut butter.
- White bread.
- Canned, peeled fruits and well-cooked vegetables.
- Skinned chicken or turkey, lean beef, or fish (broiled or baked, not fried).
Avoid these foods:
- Greasy, fatty, or fried foods if they make your diarrhea worse.
- Raw vegetables and the skins, seeds, and stringy fibers of unpeeled fruits.
- High-fiber vegetables, such as broccoli, corn, dried beans, cabbage, peas, and cauliflower.
Other helpful recommendations for diarrhea:
- Avoid very hot or cold food or beverages. Drink liquids that are at room temperature.
- Limit foods and drinks that contain caffeine, such as coffee, some sodas, and chocolate.
- If you have a sudden, short-term attack of diarrhea, try having nothing but clear liquids for the next 12 to 14 hours. This lets your bowel rest and replaces the important fluids lost during the diarrhea. Make sure your health care provider knows about this problem.
- Be careful when using milk and milk products. The lactose they contain can make diarrhea worse. Most people, though, can handle small amounts (about 1.5 cups) of milk or milk products.
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SPECIAL DIETS FOR SPECIAL NEEDS
When you have special needs because of your cancer or treatment, your health care provider or registered dietitian may prescribe a special diet. For example, a soft diet may be best if your mouth, throat, esophagus, or stomach is sore. Or, if your treatment makes it difficult for you to digest dairy products, you may need to follow a low-lactose diet. Other special diets include a clear-liquid diet, a full-liquid diet, and a fiber-restricted diet.
Some special diets are well balanced and can be followed for long periods of time. Others, however, should be followed for only a few days because they may not provide enough nutrients for the long term. If you think you need a special diet, talk with your health care provider and a registered dietitian. Together, you can work out a plan. You also should work with your health care provider and dietitian if you are already on a special diet for a disease such as diabetes, kidney, or heart disease.
Lactose intolerance means that your body can not digest or absorb the milk sugar called lactose. Milk, other milk-based dairy products (such as cheese and ice cream), and foods to which milk has been added (such as pudding) may contain lactose.
Lactose intolerance may occur after treatment with some antibiotics, with radiation to the stomach or with any treatment that affects the digestive tract. The part of your intestines that digests lactose may not work properly during treatment. For some people, the symptoms of lactose intolerance (gas, cramps, diarrhea) disappear a few weeks or months after the treatments end or when the intestine heals. For others, a permanent change in eating habits may be needed.
If you have this problem, your health care provider may advise you to follow a diet that is low in foods that contain lactose. Talk to a registered dietitian to get advice and specific tips about how to follow a low-lactose diet. Your supermarket should carry milk and other products that have been modified to reduce or eliminate the lactose. You can also make your own low-lactose or lactose free foods.
LACTOSE-FREE DOUBLE CHOCOLATE PUDDING
Here is a simple recipe for a lactose-free pudding.
2 squares baking chocolate (1 oz each)
1 cup non-dairy creamer, soy formula or lactose-free milk
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Melt chocolate in small pan or on foil.
Measure cornstarch and sugar into saucepan.
Add part of the liquid and stir until cornstarch dissolves.
Add the remainder of the liquid.
Cook over medium heat until warm.
Stir in chocolate until mixture is thick and comes to a boil.
Remove from heat.
Blend in vanilla and cool.
Yield: 2 servings
Serving size: 3/4 cup
Calories per serving: 382 calories
Protein per serving: 1 gram
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Some anti-cancer drugs and other drugs, such as pain medications, may cause constipation. This problem also can occur if your diet lacks enough fluid or fiber, or if you have been in bed for a long time. Here are some suggestions for preventing and treating constipation:
- Drink plenty of liquids - at least eight 8-ounce glasses every day. This will help to keep your stools soft. Another way to think about fluids is to try to drink at least 1/2 ounce per pound of your body weight.
- Have a hot drink about one-half hour before your usual time for a bowel movement.
- Get some exercise every day. Talk to your health care provide or a physical therapist about the amount and type of exercise that's right for you.
- Check with your health care provider to see if you can increase the fiber in your diet (there are certain types of cancer for which a high-fiber diet is not recommended). If you can, try foods such as whole-grain breads and cereals, dried fruits, wheat bran, wheat germ; fresh fruits and vegetables; dried beans and peas. Eat the skin on potatoes. Make sure you also drink plenty of fluids to help the fiber work.
EASY RECIPE TO RELIEVE CONSTIPATION
Here is an easy recipe that might help relieve constipation.
APPLE & PRUNE SAUCE
1/3 cup unprocessed bran
1/3 cup applesauce
1/3 cup mashed stewed prunes
Blend all ingredients and store in refrigerator. Take 1 to 2 tablespoons of this mixture before bedtime, then drink 8 ounces of water. Note: Make sure you drink the water, or else it will not work to relieve constipation.
Yield: 16 servings
Serving size: 1 tablespoon
Calories per serving: 10 calories
If these suggestions do not work, ask your health care provider about medicine to ease constipation. Be sure to check with your health care provider before taking any laxatives or stool softeners.
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FATIGUE & DEPRESSION
All the methods of treating cancer treatment are powerful. Treatment may go on for weeks or months. It may even cause more illness or discomfort than the initial disease. Many patients say they feel exhausted and depressed, and unable to concentrate. Fatigue during cancer treatment can be related to a number of causes: not eating, inactivity, low blood counts, depression, poor sleep, and side effects of medicine. It is important for you to raise the issue with your health care team if you are having fatigue. Together, you can decide what is causing the problem, since many of the causes can be treated.
Fatigue and depression are not eating problems in and of themselves, but they can affect your interest in food and your ability to shop and prepare healthy meals. Here are some suggestions that may help:
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- Talk about your feelings and your fears. Being open about your emotions can make them seem more manageable. Consider talking with your nurse or social worker, who can help you find ways to lessen your worries and fears.
- Become familiar with your treatment, possible side effects, and ways of coping. Being knowledgeable and acting on that knowledge will help you feel more in control. Do not be afraid to talk with your health care provider and ask questions.
- Make sure you get enough rest. Take several naps or rest breaks during the day, rather than one long rest and plan your day to include rest breaks. Make rest time special with a good book in a comfortable chair or a favorite video with a friend.
- Try easier or shorter versions of your usual activities; do not push yourself to do more than you can manage.
- Save your favorite foods for times that are not associated with treatment sessions. That way, they will not be linked to an uncomfortable or distressing event.
- Take short walks or get regular exercise, if possible. Some people find this helps to lessen their fatigue and raise their spirits.
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PREVENTING FOOD-BORNE ILLNESS
Cancer patients undergoing treatment can develop a weakened immune system because most anti-cancer drugs decrease the body's ability to make white blood cells, the cells that fight infection. That's why cancer patients should be especially careful to avoid infections and food-borne illnesses. Here are some tips to help you prevent food-borne illness:
- Wash all raw fruits and vegetables well. If it can not be well washed (as with raspberries), avoid it.
- Scrub rough surfaces, like the skin of melons, prior to cutting.
- Carefully wash your hands and food preparation surfaces (knives, cutting boards) before and after preparing food, especially after handling raw meat.
- Thaw meat in the refrigerator, not on the kitchen counter.
- Be sure to cook meat and eggs thoroughly.
- Avoid raw shellfish and use only pasteurized or processed ciders and juices and pasteurized milk and cheese.
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SPECIAL NOTES FOR CAREGIVERS
There is much that you can do to help your friend or loved one through the period of cancer treatment. Read over the tips and suggestions recommended here. Many may be useful to you as you prepare food or meals for the patient. In addition, here are some other things to remember that will help you cope:
- Be flexible and be prepared for the patient's tastes to change from day to day. Some days he or she will not want favorite foods because they do not taste good. Other times, he or she will be able to eat a dish that could not be tolerated just the day before.
- Have food within easy reach at home. For example: have a snack-pack of applesauce or pudding and a spoon on the bedside table if the patient is not feeling well that day or a bag of cut-up carrots on the top shelf of the refrigerator.
- Have meals and snacks ready so the patient can have something to eat when he or she is ready.
- Be prepared for times when the patient is able to eat only one or two foods for a few days in a row, until side effects diminish. Even if he or she can not eat at all, still encourage plenty of fluids.
- Talk to the patient about needs and concerns, and about ideas that might work best. A willingness to be flexible and supportive no matter what will help the patient feel in control of the situation.
- Try not to push the patient into eating and drinking. Encourage and support without being overwhelming.
EATING & REGAINING APPETITE AFTER TREATMENT ENDS
WAYS TO GET YOUR APPETITE BACK
Most eating-related side effects associated with radiation, chemotherapy, or other treatments go away after cancer treatment ends. If you have had side effects, you should gradually begin to feel better, and your interest in food and mealtimes will come back. Sometimes, side effects persist, especially weight loss. If this happens to you, talk to your health care provider and work out a plan together for how to best address the problem.
After cancer treatment ends and you are feeling better, you may want to think again about the traditional guidelines for healthy eating. Just as you wanted to go into treatment with all the reserves that such a diet could give you, you will want to do the best for yourself at this important time. There is no current research that suggests that the foods you eat will prevent your cancer from recurring. But, we do know that eating right will help you regain your strength, rebuild tissue, and help you feel well. Here are the fundamentals:
- Focus on eating a variety of foods every day. No one food contains all the nutrients you need.
- Emphasize fruits and vegetables. Raw or cooked vegetables, fruits, and fruit juices provide the vitamins, minerals, and fiber you need.
- Emphasize breads and cereals, especially the whole grain varieties, such as whole wheat bread, oats, and brown rice. These foods are good sources of complex carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals, and fiber.
- Go easy on fat, salt, sugar, alcohol, and smoked or pickled foods. Choose low-fat milk products, and small portions (no more than 6-7 oz. a day) of lean meat and poultry without skin. Try lower-fat cooking methods, such as broiling, steaming, and poaching.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services have published materials to help Americans learn how to choose a healthy diet. If you have any questions about guidelines for healthy eating, or whether such guidelines are right for you at this time, talk to a registered dietitian.
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Some patients need to have treatments that last a long time. Others may have surgery to remove part of their body to remove cancerous tumors. Depending on the type of surgery and the organs affected (especially if the digestive tract was involved in treatment), these patients may have ongoing eating-related concerns. If this is your situation, talk to your health care provider and a registered dietitian. He or she can give you more information about the long-term issues that you will deal with and can help you develop an individual diet plan.
Even if your treatment is over and you are feeling much better, you still may not feel completely back to your old self. Here are some ways to help you ease back to regular meals and mealtimes, without overdoing it:
- Make simple meals using familiar, easy-to-prepare recipes.
- Cook enough for two or three meals, then freeze the remainder for a later meal.
- Take advantage of the supermarket's salad bar and prepared foods to make cooking easier.
- Think about ways you used to make mealtime special and try them again.
- Do not be afraid to ask a friend or family member for help with cooking or shopping.
DIET & NUTRITION RECOMMENDATIONS
CANCER FIGHTING DIETARY SUPPLEMENTS
Many cancer patients want to know whether vitamins, minerals, or other dietary supplements (such as phytochemicals) will help "build them up" or help fight their cancer. It is known that patients who eat well during cancer treatment are better able to cope with their disease and any side effects of treatment. You should consult with your health care provider and alternative health care practitioner (such as a naturopath) about dietary limitations before using nutritional supplements, herbal or other alternative therapies. Many of these therapies can work with conventional treatments to help remedy side effects caused by conventional treatment and help to build the immune system. However, some may not be recommended for use with particular medications for a variety of reasons including unwanted interactions or interference with your ability to absorb certain medications. Sometimes, it is simply a matter of timing and not mixing supplements with medications and allowing enough time to pass between a dose of one and the dose of the other.
It is always better to try to get your nutrients through your foods and not depend on nutritional supplements, but sometimes this is not possible. Keep in mind, too much of some vitamins or minerals can be just as dangerous as too little. Large doses of some vitamins may even stop your cancer treatment from working the way it should. To avoid problems, do not take these products on your own. Follow your health care provider's guidance.
Therapies that focus on nutrition are perhaps the most popular alternative approach to cancer, especially since research began showing the link between diet and health.
Almost every alternative therapy includes an emphasis on diet as an important component of both prevention and, possibly, cure. For instance, studies have indicated that a high-fat diet increases the risk of cancer, while a low-fat diet that is rich in fiber, fresh fruits and vegetables, and whole grains actually helps the body to fight cancer. Three of the therapies that fall into this category are Wheatgrass Therapy, a diet based on wheatgrass and other raw foods; the Macrobiotic Diet, a traditional Japanese diet high in whole grains and vegetables; and the Moerman regimen, a meatless high-fiber diet that includes nutritional supplements.
A lack of the nutrients Beta-Carotene, Vitamin E, and the Vitamin B's in lung tissue may be related to lung cancer.
Calcium may prevent pre-cancerous cells from becoming cancerous.
People in Japan and Iceland have low rates of both goiter and breast cancer. In fact, breast cancer is almost non-existent in Japanese women. Colon cancer rates in Japan are also low. Breast cancer has been linked to an Iodine deficiency, and the soil in both Japan and Iceland is rich in both Iodine and Selenium. Japanese people also consume large amounts of fish, which may be a factor. The Cancer Control Convention in Japan has reported that Germanium may be important in the prevention and cure of cancer.
Obesity in men may cause or contribute to colon and rectal cancer. Obesity in women has been linked to gallbladder, cervical, uterine, and breast cancer. Overweight women are more likely to develop cancer of the uterine lining than other women and tend to do poorly if they develop breast cancer. Fat affects the level of sex hormones in the body. Hormones produced by the adrenal glands are converted into estrogen in fat tissue, so the greater amount of fat present, the higher a woman's estrogen levels are likely to be. Estrogen stimulates cells in the breast and reproductive system to divide.
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People with excess Iron levels in their blood tend to have an increased risk of developing cancer. Excess iron may suppress the cancer-killing function of macrophages (cells that engulf and devour bacteria and other foreign invaders) and interfere with the activity of lymphocytes.
Niacin (Vitamin B-3) has been discovered to play a major role in the prevention and treatment of cancer.
A high-fat diet dramatically increases the incidence of colon and breast cancer, as compared to a low-fat diet. High dietary fat is a promoter of cancer.
The incidence of leukemia among children who are breastfed has been found to be significantly lower than that among bottlefed children.
Surveys indicate that 40 percent of the U.S. population rarely consume any fruit or fruit juices, and 20 percent never eat vegetables. In addition, 80 percent of Americans do not consume quality high-fiber cereals or whole-grain bread. Meanwhile, more than 85,000 Americans are diagnosed as having colon cancer each year, and that number is growing.
Many people with cancer have achieved good results with a Macrobiotic Diet, possibly with some food adaptations made by your nutritionist to include important body and immune system-supporting foods required after surgery, radiation, or chemotherapy that may not usually used in this form of diet.
Some types of cancer are treated with chemotherapy and can apparently be cured with this treatment. Cancer chemotherapy is the administration of highly toxic medications meant to killcancer cells. Side effects of chemotherapy can include hair loss, extreme nausea, vomiting, fatigue, weakness, sterility, and damage to the kidneys and heart. Certain nutrients may help the body avoid some of the damage done by this treatment, among them Vitamin B-6 (Pyridoxine), Coenzyme Q-10, Glutathione, and Vitamin C.
Nutritional supplements and better dietary habits offer great support to cancer patients who are receiving chemotherapy and/or radiation therapy, or who are in remission. Taking Shark Liver Oil prior to radiation therapy has been shown to protect healthy tissue against injury from the procedure. Shark Liver Oil contains alkylglycerols (AKGs), vitamin A and E, omega-3 fatty acids, trace minerals, and squalene. A study published in the European Journal of Cancer in 1997 reported that glutathione can reduce adverse side effects associated with chemotherapy.
GLUTATHIONE & CANCER
Glutathione is synthesized from the amino acid Cysteine, glutamate and Glycine. It acts, when in its reduced form, as one of the major detoxifiers in the body. Riboflavin (Vitamin B-1), Niacinamide (Vitamin B-3), Selenium, and glutathione reductase are all essential cofactors for generating reduced glutathione. Cysteine is poorly absorbed so it is often given as N-Acetyl-Cysteine. Glutathione is found in almost all cells. The liver, spleen, pancreas, and lens and cornea of the eye have the highest concentrations. Glutathione levels decrease with age. It acts as an antioxidant, protecting proteins, aiding liver detoxification and helping remove heavy metals from the body and is considered an essential antioxidant factor in slowing aging.
Parkinson's Disease is one of the several diseases where glutathione may play an important role. Many of the things which have been suggested as possible causes of Parkinson's Disease (including pesticides, iron, copper, zinc, manganese, mercury, lead, aluminum, and certain food borne toxins) are all oxidative stressors which deplete glutathione levels in the substantia nigra of the brain. A theory has been proposed that low levels of glutathione put people at greater risk for developing Parkinson's. Experiments in administering glutathione to newly diagnosed patients produce striking improvement in function. When given 600 mg twice a day for 30 days patients showed an average of 42% decline in disability.
Glutathione plays several roles in cancer. It prevents cancer, protecting DNA from damage by detoxifying harmful chemicals and removing them from the body. Low glutathione levels predispose people to cancer. Patients with a variety of malignant disorders were found to have a markedly lowered plasma glutathione level.
Glutathione also fights cancer. It selectively stimulates apoptosis (cell death) of malignant cells while leaving healthy cells unaffected. It does this by regulating the tumor suppressor protein p53. Under normal conditions the p53 protein senses DNA damage in a cell and slows the rate of cell division, giving the cell time to repair itself. If the DNA cannot be repaired, p53 tells the cell to kill itself (apoptosis). Treatment with glutathione may reverse the cancer process. Various studies have shown glutathione reverses development of neuroblastoma, cervical carcinoma, leukemia, and other cancers.
It also seems useful to combine glutathione with certain chemotherapy drugs, especially cisplatin, cyclophosphamine, and bleomycin. Glutathione decreases the toxic side effects of these drugs while either not affecting or increasing their therapeutic effect. Glutathione protects against nerve damage when using cisplatin to treat gastric or ovarian cancer. Its use with ovarian cancer is especially interesting. Ovarian cancer frequently responds to chemotherapy treatment in a dose dependent manner but toxic side effects frequently limit the amounts given. Using glutathione in conjunction with chemotherapy allows the use of higher more effective drug levels. A similar benefit is seen with radiation therapy. Administering glutathione prior to radiation treatment reduces unwanted side effects.
There is no debate about whether there is a benefit to having high levels of reduced glutathione in the body. The question is how to get it there. Direct supplementation with glutathione is complicated. Proponents have strong feelings on how it should be done. Some say it can be absorbed orally and advocate oral dosing. Others say oral dosing does not work and it must be given IV. The chemotherapy studies showing decreased side effects administered glutathione through an intravenous saline solution just prior to chemotherapy. The work with Parkinson's also used IV dosing. One study which argues against oral administration, gave test subjects a single large 3 gram dose of glutathione and saw no increase in plasma levels. Enzymes in the digestive process apparently destroy the glutathione. On the other hand, there are studies which used oral glutathione with benefit. In one a 5 gram/day dose of glutathione slowed the progression of liver cancer.
Those who say oral dosing is effective are specific on how to take it: on an empty stomach followed by a full glass of water. This may explain the varying results: some studies may have administered it on an empty stomach and others with food. The study which gave 3 gram single doses were using hepatitis patients as test subjects. Perhaps they were so depleted in glutathione they quickly used up the first dose and would have needed repeated doses to raise their levels.
One group has attempted to overcome the challenge of administering oral Glutathione and increased its effectiveness by combining it with anthocyanins. These bioflavinoids form the dark red and purple color found in certain plants such as Blueberry, Elderberry and Beets. Apparently anthocyanins possess the ability to regenerate glutathione from oxidized glutathione even in the presence of oxidizing agents, free radicals, and toxic exposure.
Another method of Glutathione administration is to inhale it. Glutathione prepared in sterile saline solution is turned into a cool mist using a nebulizer of the sort used to treat asthma, and inhaled. Good results have been reported using this method to treat emphysema. This method of administration has been suggested for treating lung tumors. It is unclear whether this raises plasma levels or just has a localized effect on the lung tissue.
It is good to have high levels of reduced glutathione in the body to slow aging and prevent all sorts of disease. In a person who has either Parkinson's, cancer, or other conditions linked with oxidative stress, it is sensible to increase glutathione levels. Increasing levels of Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Selenium, Cysteine, Glutamine and Glycine may be enough to do this. In urgent situations, when one desires the highest possible levels, supplementing with reduced glutathione itself may be the right choice. If undergoing chemotherapy with the platinum drugs, or if one has Parkinson's, IV administration appears to be the preferred, or at least best documented, method. If taking Glutathione orally, it should be taken on an empty stomach followed with water. Take a supplement high in anthocyanins at the same time: for example Bilberry, or Elderberry extract or even Beet juice.
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Shark Cartilage has been shown to be helpful for certain types of cancer, including cancer of the breast, cervix, pancreas, and prostate, as well as Kaposi's sarcoma, a type of skin cancer. It suppresses angiogenesis (the development of new blood vessels), depriving cancerous tumors of nourishment and, often, causing them to shrink and die.
Squalamine, a substance present in shark tissue (especially in the liver), is currently being studied by Georgetown University and the Cancer & Therapy Research Center for its effectiveness in slowing the growth of tumors.
German physician Dr. Hans Nieper has been using fresh raw Cabbage and Carrot juice with excellent results. Dr. Nieper also uses Carnivora, a substance derived from a South American plant, Dionaea Muscipula, a particular species of venus flytrap plant, used to fight cancer.
Some health care providers use Dimethylsulfoxide (DMSO), either alone or in combination with other therapies, to treat certain forms of cancer.
The hormone Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) is believed to help prevent cancer by blocking an enzyme that promotes cancer cell growth. A form of DHEA, 7-Keto-DHEA, unlike DHEA itself, is not converted into testosterone or estrogens. It may be a better option for those at high risk for breast, endometrial, uterine, and prostate cancers.
MoonDragon's Health Therapy: DHEA Therapy
Studies have shown Grape Seed Extract to not only enhance the development of normal cells, but also inhibit abnormal cell growth.
Research is ongoing regarding the anti-cancerous effects of the hormone Melatonin, which is produced by the pineal gland. It has strong antioxidant effects and acts as a free radical scavenger of free radicals that induce DNA damage. Melatonin may inhibit tumor growth by interaction with interleukin 2 (IL-2) and seems to have a beneficial effect particularly on endocrine tumors. The synthetic form is preferred since the natural form, recovered from animal pineal glands, could contain harmful viruses. Melatonin can be used to good effect on various types of tumors, under supervision of a health care provider. It seems to be effective in fighting cancers of the male and female reproductive system, breast, and prostate. Studies are still needed to determine the effects of long-term use of melatonin in supplemental form.
Kombucha tea has energizing and immune-boosting properties, and may be valuable in fighting cancer.
MoonDragon's Health Therapy: Kombucha Tea Therapy
Include some of the following in your cancer prevention or cancer therapy program. These can be taken in a variety of forms, whether they be as herbal teas, capsules or tablets, or as a tincture or liquid extract. Alternate their use during treatment:
- Burdock Root.
- Cat's Claw.
- Chuchuhuasi (a rainforest herb.)
- Green Tea
- Licorice Root.
- Milk Thistle
- Pau D'Arco.
- Red Clover.
These herbs have anti-cancer properties:
Acai Berry is one of the most nutritious fruits in the world. For centuries, inhabitants of the Amazon rainforest have gathered these berries from the azaicero palm tree for their powerful health benefits. This deep purple fruit has the rich flavors of concord grape and ripe blueberries.
Alfalfa (Medicago sativa) is Useful to generate energy and endurance; a tonic for the whole body, due to its highly nutritive value.
Babul Chall (Acacia arabica), according to Ayurveda, the bark is a powerful astringent and a decoction of the bark is largely used as a gargle and mouth wash in cancerous conditions.
Astragalus (Astragalus membranaceus) is a true tonic that can strengthen debilitated patients and increase resistance to disease in general. As an immunity herbal tea it helps maintain normal functions of the liver, lung, kidney, stomach and heart, to boost energy, defer aging, detoxify, etc. Astragalus is used to bolster white blood cells growth, support the immune systems, and to promote the effect of other herbs, and help reduce side effect of chemotherapy and radiation. Practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine use Astragalus root to stimulate the immune system. Astragalus root improves adrenal gland function and digestion. Dozen's of studies show that Astragalus is a potent cancer fighter as well as a powerful immune booster that increases your body's production of T cells, macrophages, and natural killer cells. In one study Astragalus was able to restore immune function in 90 percent of the cancer patients studied. Also, in two other studies, cancer patients who received Astragalus had twice the survival rate of those who received standard therapy.
Barley Grass is a supergreen that helps with digestion, elimination, detoxification, internal cleansing, tissue repair, skin problems and healing.
Bee Pollen, Royal Jelly, Bee Propolis & Honey. Beehive products and their remarkable and versatile nutritional and healing value, direct from nature. Bee pollen has been used to treat prostatitis, cancer, reduce LDL cholesterol, relieve allergies, and enhance athletic performance.
Black Salve ointment has a strong drawing power to promote healing. It has been used on such skin ailments as boils, abscesses, splinters, carbuncles, felons, skin infections, skin cancer, cysts and tumors.
Black Seed is an immune booster. A complex interaction of over 100 active components gives Black Seed a tremendous power to regulate immune function and enhance the body's constitution in a way no single substance has ever been known to do. This means that Black Seed is useful against a vast array of ailments from those caused by bacteria or viruses, to common allergies and even injuries. The coming years will see exciting new applications of Black Seed in the treatment of such fatal diseases as cancer and AIDS. Scientific studies have shown that Black Seed oil helps reduce inflammation and eliminates fungi infections. The extract form has shown to be effective in regulating blood sugar levels, and stimulating bone marrow and immune cells. Further studies are being conducted on Black Seed for its overall effectiveness in treating and preventing cancer.
Black Walnut Green Hull Extract (Juglans nigra) Tincture is a natural fungal remedy. Black Walnut Bark contains a chemical that is a natural fungal remedy for conditions like ringworm, jock itch and athletes foot. Black Walnut Green Hull, Herbal Anti Fungal, Juglone nigra, can be used fight fungal infections, ringworm and perhaps certain types of cancer.
Blue Violet Leaf also has a long history as a cough remedy and as a blood cleansing herbal remedy. Blue violet has also earned a reputation in the holistic approach as an anti cancer herb.
Cat's Claw enhances immune function and has anti-tumor properties. Cat's Claw can be combined with other herbs, plus antioxidant nutrients such as Beta-Carotene, N-Acetyl-Cysteine, Vitamin C, and Zinc. Cat's Claw Tea reduces inflammation in arthritis, protects the body from harmful substances, supports the body while undergoing cancer treatments and helps to boost the immune system. Cat's Claw is a rain forest herb that grows in the Peruvian Amazon; it has been used by native healers for many years.Caution: Do not use cat's claw during pregnancy.
Chaparral protects against the harmful effects of radiation, sun exposure, and the formation of tumors and cancer cells.
Many people with external cancers, such as skin cancers, have responded well to poultices made from Comfrey, Pau D'Arco, Ragwort, and Wood Sage. Note: Due to controversy, Comfrey is recommended for external use only.
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Cordyceps Cs-4 Clinically, Cordyceps is used to build and support immune function in various immune compromised conditions including chronic fatigue, cancer, and respiratory conditions.
Elderberry has been used in folk medicine for centuries to treat influenza, colds and sinusitis, and has been reported to have anti-viral activity against influenza and herpes simplex. Extensive research show that elder stop the production of hormone-like cytokines that direct a class of white blood cells known as neutrophils to cause inflammation, especially in influenza and arthritis. On the other hand, elder increases the production non-inflammatory infection-fighting cytokines as much as 10 fold. Elder berries are known to be effective against eight strains of influenza. This suggests that elder be superior to vaccines in preventing flu, because flu vaccines are only effective against known strains of flu, whereas the virus is continually mutating to new strains. Vaccines have another draw back: over half of people who get them report side effects. Dr. Madeleine Mumcuoglu, of Hadassah-Hebrew University in Israel found that elderberry disarms the enzyme viruses use to penetrate healthy cells in the lining of the nose and throat. Taken before infection, it prevents infection. Taken after infection, it prevents spread of the virus through the respiratory tract. In a clinical trial, 20 percent of study subjects reported significant improvement within 24 hours, 70 percent by 48 hours, and 90 percent claimed complete cure in three days. In contrast, subjects receiving the placebo required 6 days to recover.
Essiac Formula has a long tradition of use for many types of cancer. It is an herbal remedy that activates the body's natural defenses, helps relieve pain, and has anti-tumor properties. Many people with cancer have credited it with extending and improving the quality of their lives. Ojibwa Herbal Tea (Essiac or Esiak) is a Native American Indian herbal tea composed of Sheep Sorrel, Burdock Root, Slippery Elm Bark, and Turkey Rhubarb Root, reportedly has healing powers for battling cancer.
Odorless Garlic supplement is extracted from Allum sativum and is a specially made Japanese product. Odorless Garlic yields high amounts of Scordiin, a unique sulfur compound which may be responsible for many of garlic's renowned benefits.
Green Tea, which has gained a lot of attention for its cancer-fighting properties, contains a substance known as epigallocatechin-3-gallate (or EGCg), which has been found by a Swedish research team to cut off blood vessels that feed cancerous tumors.
Modified Citrus Pectin has been shown to substantially inhibit the growth of cancer cells and is especially effective in combating skin and prostate cancers.
Kombucha's benefits to the physical body vary widely. It is said to enhance the immune system. By detoxifing the body, kombucha makes it unlikely for disease causing bacteria and viruses to find a suitable growth environment. This results in a healthier physical body.
Mangosteen Juice is rich in the Xanthone Antioxidant, and Mangosteen Juice contains naturally occurring minerals, enzymes, vitamins, antioxidants, phytonutrients and bioflavonoids and stimulates your body to boost energy.
Milk Thistle Seed is approved by Germany's Commission E to be used as an oral extract for the treatment for liver disease, which includes alcoholic hepatitis, fatty liver, mild liver cirrhosis, liver poisoning and acute vital hepatitis. It also can protect the liver from the effects of liver-toxic medications. After medical research on the medicinal effects of Milk Thistle Seed, evidence has shown anticancer effects against breast and prostate cancer, and it is also recommended for gall bladder and psoriasis, though there is no conclusive evidence that it works for these conditions. When taken intravenously, silybinin, the potent and collective ingredient in Milk Thistle, is the only known antidote to poisoning by the deathcap mushroom, Amanita phalloides. There is no real equivalent in the world of conventional medicine for Milk Thistle / Silymarin.
Noni (Morinda citrifolia) is a tropical fruit that is grown in the Pacific Islands. It has been successfully used for over 2,000 years in Polynesia to treat a variety of illnesses. The most beneficial Noni is grown organically in pollution free volcanic soil. Noni is a fruit resembling the pineapple. Research suggests it may be effective hot only in blocking tumor growth, but also in inducing cancer cells to return to normal. Studies also show that Noni stimulates the immune system.
Olive Leaf extract enhances the immune system and has shown good results in fighting cancers.
Pau D'Arco, Incan LaPacho, is made from the inner barks of Plantation Grown Purple Lapacho trees found on or near the ancient Inca Trail.
Periwinkle (Vinpocetine) produces 70 known alkaloids, some of which are used by the pharmaceutical industry for the treatment of childhood leukemia, Hodgkin's disease, testicular cancer and cancerous tumors.
Rosemary is currently being studies as a form of cancer therapy due to its antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and carcinogen-blocking effects.
Samento is beneficial in the treatment of a wide range of immune system related conditions; these include but are not limited to cancer, arthritis, bursitis, rheumatism, allergies, ulcers, systemic candidiasis, all forms of herpes, diabetes, lupus, chronic fatigue syndrome, intestinal disorders and HIV infection.
Sea Buckthorn Seed Oil is a rare source of Vitamin E. Sea Buckthorn Oil also provides other vitamins including Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Vitamin K, Carotenoids, Flavonoids, phytosterols, amino acids, serotonin and 28 trace elements including Iron, Zinc, Calcium, Magnesium, Selenium, Iodine, etc.
Sheep Sorrel is a traditional folk remedy for cancer.
Turmeric is useful as an anti-inflammatory and can be used to reduce Alzheimer's debilitating effects, but there are multiple studies that suggest curcumin (an extract from Turmeric) can have some potential in actually treating various forms of cancer. Curcumin is gaining attention for its antioxidant properties and its ability to protect against cancer. Laboratory studies indicate that curcumin has the ability to guard against many carcinogenic substances, and that it may inhibit the rapid cell division characteristic of cancer cells. Turmeric extract is a technically advanced herbal extract standardized to 95% curcuminoids. This is the highest concentration of curcuminoids available.
Pacific Yew, also known as Vital Yew tree, has not only been intensively used and analyzed for its remarkable anti-cancer properties, but has also been historically utilized in its natural form for promoting relief from a variety of health concerns including colds, viral, bacterial and fungal infections, flu, rheumatism, sciatica, kidney problems, lung problems and more.
Ayurvedic herbs said to protect against cancer include Boswellia, is also known as Frankincense (Boswellia serrata), Green Tea (Camellia sinensis), and Haldi (Curcuma longa), known in English as Turmeric.
The Chinese patent medicine Dang Gui Longhui Wan (a traditional mixture of 11 herbs that is customarily prescribed for chronic myelocytic leukemia) contains indirubin, which is currently under study for its possible ability to control the division of cancer cells.
Regenerator Mate Chinese medicine uses this well-known formula to supplement the Qi, strengthen the spleen, nurture the liver, nourish the kidney, support the immune system, increase white blood cell and platelets levels, and ease side-effects of chemo and radiation. Regenerator, Shenlian Zaizao, Chinese medicine uses it to eliminate heat and toxins, activate blood circulation and remove stasis, and speed up T lymph cell transformation, enhance phagocytosis of macrophage and increase white blood cell level.
Eat a diet that includes grains, nuts, seeds, and unpolished Brown Rice. Millet cereal is a good source of Protein. Eat Wheat, Oat, and bran.
Eat plenty of cruciferous vegetables, such as Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Spinach, and Cauliflower. Eat plenty of Asparagus. Also consume yellow and deep-orange vegetables such as Carrots, Pumpkin, Squash, and Yams. Apples, Berries (including Blueberries, Raspberries and Strawberries), Brazil Nuts, Cantaloupes, Cherries, Grapes, legumes (including Chickpeas, Lentils, and Red Beans), Oranges, and Plums all help to fight cancer. Most berries protect DNA from damage. Many of the plant pigments are good sources of antioxidants. Green plants contain Chlorophyll, which has been studied as a cancer fighter. Broccoli contains Indole-3-Carbinol (I-3-C), a compound known to eradicate many types of cancer cells on contact.
Cook all sprouts slightly (except for Alfalfa sprouts, which should be washed thoroughly and eaten raw).
Eat Onions and Garlic liberally, as it enhances the immune system and is a good cancer-fighter. Crushing garlic and then leaving it to rest for 10 minutes before use seems to raise the levels of its cancer-fighting component, allyl sulfide. If you do not like the taste of garlic, takeGarlic in supplemental form.
Try to eat 7 servings of whole-grain foods a day. Include at least 5 different types of grain foods in your diet each week.
Eat 10 raw Almonds every day. They contain laetrile which is supposed to have anti-cancer properties.
Alpha Lipoic Acid fight back against aging and degenerative diseases with nature's powerful antioxidant.
Eat as many tomatoes and tomato-based products as you can. Lycopene, a super antioxidant agent in tomatoes, protects cells from oxidants associated with cancer. Eating a diet that includes plenty of tomatoes cuts the risk of cervical, lung, stomach, and prostate cancers. Preliminary reports suggest it may also prevent breast, colorectal, esophagus, mouth, and pancreatic cancers. Clinical studies have indicated that Lycopene works through a number of mechanisms to support cardiovascular health and immune function. In addition, epidermiological studies have determined that Lycopene may be particularly important for the support of prostate health, as well as for the health of the digestive tract.
Eat a lot of Cherries, both fresh and in pies, jams, and sugar-free juices. They contain anthocyanins, antioxidants that may help prevent cancer and heart disease.
Invest in a juicing machine and make your own fresh, live juices every day. Drink Beet juice (from roots and greens), Carrot juice (a source of Beta-Carotene), fresh Cabbage juice, and Asparagus juice often. Grape, Black Cherry, and all dark-colored juices are good, as are Black Currants. Also beneficial is apple juice, if it is fresh. Fruit juicesare best taken in the morning, vegetable juices in the afternoon.
MoonDragon's Nutrition Therapy: Juicing - For Nutrition: Make Your Own Fresh Juice
Drink quality bottled spring or steam distilled water only, not tap water. If you must use tap water, install a high quality filter to filter out contaminants and chemicals found in tap water. Increased levels of contaminants in public water have been associated with an increased rate of lung, bladder, and breast cancers, as well as leukemia.
Limit your consumption of dairy products; a little yogurt, kefir, or raw cheese occasionally is sufficient.
Do not consume any of the following: peanuts, junk foods, processed refined foods, saturated fats, table salt, sugar, or white flour. Instead of salt, use Sea Salt, Kelp or a Potassium substitute. If necessary, a small amount of Blackstrap Molasses or pure Maple syrup can be used as a natural sweetener in place of sugar. Use whole Wheat or Rye instead of white flour. Do not consume anything containing alcohol or caffeine.
Selenium promotes normal body growth, enhances fertility, encourages tissue elasticity and is a potent antioxidant that naturally reduces the retention of toxic metals in the body. Selenium is crucial for the proper functioning of the heart muscle and there is evidence that it can help the body fight cancer.
Gamma E Complex vitamin provides the necessary full range of antioxidant protection because it contains a more natural balance of tocopherols plus a full complement of tocotrienols.
Do not eat any animal protein - Never eat luncheon meat, hot dogs, or smoked or cured meats. As you condition improves, eat broiled fish 3 times a week.
Be wary of farmed fish. In a major study reported in the journal of Science, increased levels of cancer-causing PCBs were found in farmed salmon as compared with wild-caught fish.
Astaxanthin provides antioxidant protection and fights cell damaging free radicals.
Limit, but do not eliminate altogether, your intake of soybean products; they contain enzyme inhibitors.
Fiber formula supplements help to give bulk to the stool and to check diarrhea; thus, creating balance in the bowel movements. Prevents constipation problems. Lowers risk of colon cancer.
Use a cleansing fast diet and follow the program as outlined.
MoonDragon's Nutrition Therapy: Fasting
A Green Drink that is a good master cleanser combines the juice of 2 organic Lemons, 2 tablespoons pure Grade-C Maple Syrup, 1/4 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper, 1 ounce fresh Wheatgrass Juice, and 1 quart of quality water (not tap water). If fresh wheatgrass is not available, powdered Wheatgrass is available and is a good substitute.
Take Coffee enemas alternated with enemas made by adding 1 ounce of fresh Wheatgrass Juice to 1 cup water. Do this daily to help the body eliminate toxins. Wheatgrass enemas contain many nutrients and enzymes, and are used in many alternative clinics for cancer treatment. Also use cleansing enemas with Lemon and water or Garlic and water 2 or 3 times weekly.
MoonDragon's Health Therapy: Enemas - How To Instructions
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Do not take supplemental iron. The body naturally withholds iron from cancer cells to inhibit their growth. People with excessive iron in their blood have an increased risk of developing cancer. Excess iron may suppress the cancer-killing action of macrophages (cells that engulf and devour bacteria and other foreign invaders) and interfere with the activity of lymphocytes.
Use only glass cookware or stainless steel cookware and wooden cooking utensils. Avoid plasticware, aluminum cookware and utensils.
The nutritional program and other recommendations outlined on this page and other cancer-related pages are designed for persons who have been diagnosed with cancer, as well as for those who wish to enhance their chances of avoiding this disease. Vitamins should be taken in injection form whenever possible. However, if you must use oral supplements, they are usually take with meals. However, read product labels and take as directed or as instructed by your health care provider or nutritionist. Some nutrient forms are more easily digested than others (most often minerals). Many supplements are best taken in liquid or powder form for better absorption and can be added to smoothies or freshly made juices.
Follow directions carefully for each supplement or nutritional therapy (Vitamin E should be taken before meals, and supplements should not be taken at the same time as fiber, for instance). Combine appropriate supplements that work together and enhance their absorption ability. Know which supplements should not be taken with others if they compete in absorption uptake. Use only quality natural supplements from a reliable source. Links have been provided for recommended supplements so you will be able to obtain them without having to do a lot of searching.
Unless otherwise specified, the dose recommendations here are for persons over the age of 18. For children between 12 and 17 years old, reduce the dose to 3/4 the recommended amount. For children between 6 and 12, use 1/2 the recommended dose, and for a child under 6 years old, use 1/4 the recommended amount. If you have any questions, consult with your health care provider or nutritionist and follow their recommendations specific for your situation and health status.
NUTRIENTS Supplement Suggested Dosage Comments Essential Coenzyme Q-10 90 mg daily. Improves cellular oxygenation. Coenzyme A As directed on label. Facilitates the repair of RNA and DNA. Supports the immune system's detoxification of many angerous substances. Can streamline metabolism, ease depression and fatigue, and increase energy. Works well with CoQ10. Colostrum As directed on label. Promotes accelerated healing and boosts the immune system. Dimethylglycine (DMG) As directed on label. Enhances oxygen utilization. Garlic (Kyolic) 2 tablets, 3 times daily, with meals. Enhances immune function. Inositol Hexaphosphate (IP-6) As directed on label. Has powerful anti-cancer properties. Possesses natural Killer cell activity. Melatonin 2 to 3 mg daily for adults. 1 mg or less daily for children, taken 2 hours or less before bedtime. A powerful antioxidant that also aids sleep. Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) As directed on label. A powerful cancer prevention agent. Multi-Enzymes
As directed on label. Take between meals. Powerful free radical scavengers. Wobenzym-N 2 to 6 tablets, 2 to 3 times daily. Take with meals to aid in digestion of proteins. Take between meals to reduce inflammation. Powerful free radical scavengers. Selenium 200 mcg daily. Do not exceed a total daily intake of 800 mcg daily from all sources, including diet. If you are pregnant, do not exceed 40 mcg daily. Powerful free radical scavenger and protector against cancer. Aids in protein digestion. Caution: Do not take supplemental selenium if you are pregant or have heart, kidney, or liver disease. 7-Keto-DHEA As directed on label. A metabolite of DHEA that possesses anti-cancer properties ithout being converted into testosterone or estrogens. Shark Cartilage For cancer treatment, 1 gram per 2 pounds of body weight daily, divided into 3 doses. If you cannot tolerate taking it orally, it can be administered in a retention enema. For cancer prevention, 2,000 to 4.500 mg 3 times daily. It has been shown to inhibit and even reverse the growth of some types of tumors. Also stimulates the immune system. Superoxide Dismutase (SOD) As directed on label. Destroys free radicals. Consider injections under a health care provider's supervision. Vitamin A 50,000 to 100,000 IU daily for 10 days, then 50,000 IU daily for 30 days, then reduce to 25,000 IU daily. If you are pregnant, do not exceed 10,000 IU daily. Needed for tissue repair and immune function. People with cancer require higher than normal amounts of this antioxidant. Use emulsion form for easier assimilation and greater safety at higher doses. Capsule forms put more stress on the liver. Beta Carotene
25,000 IU daily.
As directed on label.
An antioxidant and precursor of Vitamin A. Needed by all cells for repair and rebuilding. Enhances natural killer cell activity. Low Beta Carotene levels have been associated with lung, bronchial, and stomach cancer. Vitamin E Start with 200 IU daily and increase slowly to 1,000 IU daily. An anti-inflammatory free radical scavenger. A powerful antioxidant and cancer-fighter. Use d-alpha-tocopherol emulsion form for easier assimilation and greater safety at higher doses. Omega-3 Essential Fatty Acids As directed on label. For repair and production of new cells. Brewers Yeast 1 teaspoon daily for 1 week, then gradually increase to 1 tablespoon 3 times daily. A good source of B vitamins. Vitamin C
5,000 to 20,000 mg daily, in divided doses. See Ascorbic Acid Flush Powerful anticancer agent that promotes the production of interferon in the body. Very Important Maitake
As directed on label. Maitake mushroom extract that contains D-fraction form of isolated beta-1,6-glucan, a substance that prevents carcinogenesis and inhibits the growth of cancerous tumors. Also helps the body adapt to the stress of cancer treatments such as chemotherapy.
Shiitake/Reishi mushroom extracts with valuable immune-boosting and anti-tumor properties..
As directed on label. To supply chlorophyll and important nutrients. Wheatgrass is used for the treatment of cancer in any cancer clinics. Important Acidophilus As directed on label. Take on an empty stomach. Has an antibacterial effect on the body. Use a non-dairy formula. Oxygen Liquid Drops As directed on label. Antimicrobial agents. Chromium Picolinate At least 600 mcg daily. Helps to build and maintain muscle mass. Useful if muscle atrophy exists. Pycnogenol
Grape Seed Extract
As directed on label.
As directed on label.
Powerful antioxidants and anti-inflammatories. Flaxseed Oil As directed on label. An essential fatty acids that speeds healing. Kelp 1,000 to 1,500 mg daily. For mineral balance and to help the body avoid damage resulting from radiation therapy. Multivitamin
As directed on label. All nutrients are needed in balance for healing and tissue repair. Essential for normal cell division and function. Use a comprehensive formula that contains all major nutrients and trace elements except iron. Do not use a sustained release formula. Calcium 2,000 mg daily. Essential for normal cell division and function. Magnesium 1,000 mg daily. Essential for normal cell function and division. Helps uptake of calcium. Potassium 99 mg daily. Important for the prevention and/or treatment of several forms of cancer. Vitamin D-3 400 to 600 IU daily. Important for the prevention and/or treatment of several forms of cancer. L-Carnitine As directed on label. Protects against damage from free radicals and toxins. N-Acetyl-Cysteine (NAC) 500 mg twice daily, on an empty stomach. Take with water or juice. Do not take with milk. Take with 50 mg Vitamin B-6 and 100 mg Vitamin C for better absorption. To detoxify harmful substances and protect the liver and other organs. Has show preventive effects against cancer. L-Methionine
Alpha Lipoic Acid
As directed on label.
As directed on label.
As directed on label.
Essential for the functioning of the immune system. Raw Glandular Complex
Raw Thymus Glandular
Raw Spleen Glandular
As directed on label for each glandular. Stimulates glandular function, especially the thymus (site of T lymphocyte production). See Gland Therapy Taurine As directed on label. Functions as foundation for tissue and organ repair. Necessary for white blood cell activation. use the liquid or sublingual form. Vitamin B-Complex 50 mg of each B vitamin daily, with meals 3 times daily (amounts of individual vitamins in a complex will vary). B Vitamins improve circulation, build red blood cells, and aid liver function. Vitamin B-3
(Niacin & Niacinamide)
As directed on label. Improves circulation, builds up red blood cells and aids liver function. Caution: Do not take Niacin if you have a liver disorder, gout, or high blood pressure. Folic Acid 400 to 600 mcg daily. Affects the repair of DNA. Has been linked to cancer protection. Choline 500 to 1,000 mg daily. Improves brain function and circulation to the brain. Involved with memory and muscle control.Use under professional supervision Vitamin B-12 2,000 mcg twice daily. To prevent anemia. Use a lozenge or sublingual form. Zinc 50 mg daily. Do not exceed a total of 100 mg daily from all supplements. Important in all enzyme systems and tissue repair. Protein Supplement
As directed on label. Take between meals. Supplies needed protein to build and repair tissues. Also acts as an appetite stimulant.
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MoonDragon's Health & Wellness Disorders: Cancer Self Tests
MoonDragon's Health & Wellness Disorders: Cancer Warning Signs
MoonDragon's Health & Wellness Disorders: Prostate Cancer
MoonDragon's Health & Wellness Disorders: Skin Cancer
MoonDragon's Womens Health Disorders: Breast Cancer
MoonDragon's Womens Health Disorders: Cervical Cancer
MoonDragon's Womens Health Disorders: Cervical Dysplasia
MoonDragon's Womens Health Disorders: Cervical Cancer
MoonDragon's Womens Health Disorders: Ovarian Cancer
MoonDragon's Womens Health Disorders: Uterine Cancer
MoonDragon's Womens Health Disorders: Vaginal Cancer
MoonDragon's Health Therapy & Medical Organizations
MoonDragon's Health Therapy: Pain Control
Suppressed Cancer Therapies (Alphabetical Listing)
CANCER SUPPLEMENTS & PRODUCTS
Information, products and supplements to help with Cancer prevention, help with easing side effects from conventional cancer treatments, and healing following treatments.
CANCER-SUPPORT SUPPLEMENT PRODUCTS
QUALITY SUPPLIES & PRODUCTS
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CANCER RELIEF SUPPLEMENT PRODUCTS
OncoProtect Glucoraphanin, SGS Broccoli Seed Extract, Pharmaceutical Grade, Health Naturally, 30 mg, 120 VCaps
OncoProtect SGS broccoli seed extract is obtained using a patented process to extract glucoraphanin (also known as sulforaphane glucosinolate or "SGS"") from its most concentrated cruciferous source-broccoli seeds. Glucoraphanin is enzymatically converted to the extensively researched isothiocyanate known as sulforaphane (SFN). Research suggests that SFN supports long-lasting antioxidant activity and the production of detoxification enzymes. It also extends support to the immune, nervous, and cardiovascular systems, addressing the maintenance of good health throughout adult life. OncoProtect provides 30 mg of glucoraphanin per capsule.
Amazon: Flora Flor-essence Liquid Tea Blend, 17 oz. Glass Bottle
Flor-Essence Is A Superior Traditional Formula Of Eight Medicinal Herbs Which Work Synergistically To Cleanse, Stimulate, And Strengthen The Whole Body. Flor-Essence Exerts A Gentle But Highly Effective Influence On The Entire Individual, Gathering And Flushing Out Accumulated Toxins, Allowing For Cellular Renewal And Leaving One Feeling Energized And Rejuvenated. It Is Available In Ready To Use Liquid Extract Or A Dry Herbal Blend To Be Prepared As A Tea.
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AROMATHERAPY: ESSENTIAL OILS DESCRIPTIONS & USES
Allspice Leaf Oil Angelica Oil Anise Oil Baobab Oil Basil Oil Bay Laurel Oil Bay Oil Benzoin Oil Bergamot Oil Black Pepper Oil Chamomile (German) Oil Cajuput Oil Calamus Oil Camphor (White) Oil Caraway Oil Cardamom Oil Carrot Seed Oil Catnip Oil Cedarwood Oil Chamomile Oil Cinnamon Oil Citronella Oil Clary-Sage Oil Clove Oil Coriander Oil Cypress Oil Dill Oil Eucalyptus Oil Fennel Oil Fir Needle Oil Frankincense Oil Geranium Oil German Chamomile Oil Ginger Oil Grapefruit Oil Helichrysum Oil Hyssop Oil Iris-Root Oil Jasmine Oil Juniper Oil Labdanum Oil Lavender Oil Lemon-Balm Oil Lemongrass Oil Lemon Oil Lime Oil Longleaf-Pine Oil Mandarin Oil Marjoram Oil Mimosa Oil Myrrh Oil Myrtle Oil Neroli Oil Niaouli Oil Nutmeg Oil Orange Oil Oregano Oil Palmarosa Oil Patchouli Oil Peppermint Oil Peru-Balsam Oil Petitgrain Oil Pine-Long Leaf Oil Pine-Needle Oil Pine-Swiss Oil Rosemary Oil Rose Oil Rosewood Oil Sage Oil Sandalwood Oil Savory Oil Spearmint Oil Spikenard Oil Swiss-Pine Oil Tangerine Oil Tea-Tree Oil Thyme Oil Vanilla Oil Verbena Oil Vetiver Oil Violet Oil White-Camphor Oil Yarrow Oil Ylang-Ylang Oil Aromatherapy
Healing Baths For Colds
Using Essential Oils
AROMATHERAPY: HERBAL & CARRIER OILS DESCRIPTIONS & USES
Almond, Sweet Oil Apricot Kernel Oil Argan Oil Arnica Oil Avocado Oil Baobab Oil Black Cumin Oil Black Currant Oil Black Seed Oil Borage Seed Oil Calendula Oil Camelina Oil Castor Oil Coconut Oil Comfrey Oil Evening Primrose Oil Flaxseed Oil Grapeseed Oil Hazelnut Oil Hemp Seed Oil Jojoba Oil Kukui Nut Oil Macadamia Nut Oil Meadowfoam Seed Oil Mullein Oil Neem Oil Olive Oil Palm Oil Plantain Oil Plum Kernel Oil Poke Root Oil Pomegranate Seed Oil Pumpkin Seed Oil Rosehip Seed Oil Safflower Oil Sea Buckthorn Oil Sesame Seed Oil Shea Nut Oil Soybean Oil St. Johns Wort Oil Sunflower Oil Tamanu Oil Vitamin E Oil Wheat Germ Oil
HELPFUL RELATED MOONDRAGON NUTRITION BASICS LINKS
MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics Index MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics: Amino Acids Index MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics: Antioxidants Index MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics: Enzymes Information MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics: Herbs Index MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics: Homeopathics Index MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics: Hydrosols Index MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics: Minerals Index MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics: Mineral Introduction MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics: Dietary & Cosmetic Supplements Index MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics: Dietary Supplements Introduction MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics: Specialty Supplements MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics: Vitamins Index MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics: Vitamins Introduction
NUTRITION BASICS ARTICLES
MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics: 4 Basic Nutrients MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics: Avoid Foods That Contain Additives & Artificial Ingredients MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics: Is Aspartame A Safe Sugar Substitute? MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics: Guidelines For Selecting & Preparing Foods MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics: Foods That Destroy MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics: Foods That Heal MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics: The Micronutrients: Vitamins & Minerals MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics: Avoid Overcooking Your Foods MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics: Phytochemicals MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics: Increase Your Consumption of Raw Produce MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics: Limit Your Use of Salt MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics: Use Proper Cooking Utensils MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics: Choosing The Best Water & Types of Water
RELATED MOONDRAGON HEALTH LINKS & INFORMATION
MoonDragon's Nutrition Information Index MoonDragon's Nutritional Therapy Index MoonDragon's Nutritional Analysis Index MoonDragon's Nutritional Diet Index MoonDragon's Nutritional Recipe Index MoonDragon's Nutrition Therapy: Preparing Produce for Juicing MoonDragon's Nutrition Information: Food Additives Index MoonDragon's Nutrition Information: Food Safety Links MoonDragon's Aromatherapy Index MoonDragon's Aromatherapy Articles MoonDragon's Aromatherapy For Back Pain MoonDragon's Aromatherapy For Labor & Birth MoonDragon's Aromatherapy Blending Chart MoonDragon's Aromatherapy Essential Oil Details MoonDragon's Aromatherapy Links MoonDragon's Aromatherapy For Miscarriage MoonDragon's Aromatherapy For Post Partum MoonDragon's Aromatherapy For Childbearing MoonDragon's Aromatherapy For Problems in Pregnancy & Birthing MoonDragon's Aromatherapy Chart of Essential Oils #1 MoonDragon's Aromatherapy Chart of Essential Oils #2 MoonDragon's Aromatherapy Tips MoonDragon's Aromatherapy Uses MoonDragon's Alternative Health Index MoonDragon's Alternative Health Information Overview MoonDragon's Alternative Health Therapy Index MoonDragon's Alternative Health: Touch & Movement Therapies Index MoonDragon's Alternative Health Therapy: Touch & Movement: Aromatherapy MoonDragon's Alternative Therapy: Touch & Movement - Massage Therapy MoonDragon's Alternative Health: Therapeutic Massage MoonDragon's Holistic Health Links Page 1 MoonDragon's Holistic Health Links Page 2 MoonDragon's Health & Wellness: Nutrition Basics Index MoonDragon's Health & Wellness: Therapy Index MoonDragon's Health & Wellness: Massage Therapy MoonDragon's Health & Wellness: Hydrotherapy MoonDragon's Health & Wellness: Pain Control Therapy MoonDragon's Health & Wellness: Relaxation Therapy MoonDragon's Health & Wellness: Steam Inhalation Therapy MoonDragon's Health & Wellness: Therapy - Herbal Oils Index
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