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April 7, 2005

Quick Tips For Eating Right During Cancer Treatment

Topics: Nutrition and Cancer

For the cancer patient, proper nutrition, exercise, and rest are basic requirements for coping with both the disease and the treatment for the disease. Here are a few quick tips on the nutritional side of the equation - you'll find more details on these at WebMD:

- WebMD (with added commentary)
The side effects of cancer treatment are often made worse if you are not eating enough or if you are not eating the right foods. Maintaining good nutrition can help you feel better and have more energy. The following are strategies to help improve your diet:

(...) Meet your basic calorie needs. The estimated calorie needs for someone with cancer is 15 calories per pound of weight if your weight has been stable. Add 500 calories per day if you have lost weight

(...) Get plenty of protein. Protein rebuilds and repairs damaged (and normally aging) body tissue. The estimated protein needs are 0.5-0.6 grams of protein per pound of body weight. (you might consider including at least 20 grams/day of a high quality whey protein powdered supplement). (Related reading, Also here, here)

(...) Drink plenty of fluids. A minimum of 8 cups of fluid per day will prevent dehydration.

(...) Make sure you are getting enough vitamins. Take a vitamin supplement if you are not sure you are getting enough nutrients. A recommended supplement would be a multivitamin that provides at least 100% of the recommended daily allowances (RDA) for most nutrients.

(...) Make an appointment with a dietitian. A registered dietitian can provide suggestions to work around any eating problems that may be interfering with proper nutrition.

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Posted by Richard at April 7, 2005 1:55 PM

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