Nutrition Tips For Dealing With Cancer Treatment Side Effects
Diet Suggestions For Side Effects Of Cancer Treatment
Cancer treatment is notorious for its many side effects, but few who are undergoing chemotherapy would welcome another medication. Relief from some of this unpleasantness could be as simple as a change of diet. The following suggestions are not just a list of foods; when addressing some of the side effects, "when" and "how" can be just as important as "what" to eat.
Symptoms of Low Platelets
Chemotherapy can often result in a low platelet count, and this in turn can cause bleeding issues, bruising and anemia. An easy dietary solution is to eat foods high in iron, which can help to keep hemoglobin at normal levels. Iron-rich foods include red meat, eggs, fish, liver, and green, leafy vegetables. Many grain-based foods are fortified with iron; watch the labels and choose those with 20 percent or more of the daily iron requirement. These foods include pasta, bread, rice and certain cereals. Calcium supplements can interfere with the body's ability to absorb iron, so do not take iron supplements or eat iron-rich foods at the same time as taking calcium supplements.
Sources: mesothelioma.com and caring4cancer.com
Mouth Pain and Ulcers
Radiation targets cells that grow rapidly, and the mouth can take quite a beating. Stay away from anything spicy or acidic that can further agitate a painful mouth. Hard and crunchy foods such as pretzels will cause irritation, as well as food with rigid edges, such as crackers and chips. Stick to a softer diet, and keep food in small, manageable pieces to keep the food away from sore areas and lessen the chewing action. When drinking, a straw can assist in directing beverages away from irritated spots.
Dehydration is a frequent result of cancer treatment, and it can lead to nausea and vomiting. A trigger for nausea can be a temporary sensitivity to strong smells; avoid potent odors of any sort, especially heavy food odors. Heating food will make it more aromatic, so avoid foods or liquids that must be heated. Eat small, frequent meals rather than one large meal, and take your time, chewing gently and eating slowly. While eating, remain in an upright position, and take an hour to rest from activities after the meal. If tired during this rest period, sit, but do not lie down.
Instead of yet another medication for chemotherapy side effects, perhaps these simple dietary changes can offer relief. Healthier eating will benefit anyone, but nutrition is a fundamental focus during cancer treatment. In addition to fueling the body during the ordeal of cancer, food can offer additional benefits if you pay attention to what you are eating and how you are eating it.
Bio: Joining the MCA in 2011, David Haas is the Director of Awareness Programs. In addition to researching much of the information available to our site’s visitors, David often blogs about programs available and campaigns underway at the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance. David is a fitness enthusiast who frequently runs, climbs, and bikes for enjoyment. He is also very involved in outreach associated with awareness about the dangers of asbestos for many different organizations and groups of people.
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