Eating right is the key to good health. Healthy food helps you recover and emerge stronger from illnesses like cancer. Cancer patients must choose their food mindfully. In order to stay strong, your body needs food that is packed with calories and nutrients. It does not mean that you have to change your diet completely. A few changes here and there in your diet will help you feel better and get all the necessary nutrients to recover from the disease. At Nephromed, cancer patients can get nutrition guidance and counselling through professionals while undergoing cancer treatment.
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What to Eat:
Green leafy vegetables:
Food packed with antioxidants reduces the risk of cancer relapse. Cancer patients should consume rich antioxidant food like asparagus and Brussel sprouts. Vegetables from the cruciferous family like broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage are especially beneficial for the cancer patients. They contain plant chemicals that are capable of converting bad oestrogen into good oestrogen. This helps in significantly reducing the risk of cancer recurrence and boosts cancer patients’ health. In order to keep the blood sugar level in check, they can consume bitter gourd. Green leafy vegetables have calcium and iron in abundance. Cancer patients must regularly consume them. Apart from these, they should consume tomatoes, carrots, peas, pumpkin and turnips so that there is no deficiency of vitamins and fibre in the body. Prostate cancer patients should specifically have tomato puree and parsley on a regular basis.
Vitamin C is essential for cancer patients. They should eat citrus fruits like oranges and grapefruits. To ensure that the body gets enough vitamins and fibres, cancer patients should eat bananas, kiwi, peaches, mangoes, pears and strawberries. Some fruits keep the energy levels of the body high. Since cancer patients need higher energy levels to recover, they should eat fruits like avocados, guava, apricots, figs, prunes and raisins. While undergoing cancer treatment, make sure you are having plenty of fruits in your diet for faster recovery. Cancer patients should aim to eat at least 2.5 cups of fruits and vegetables every day.
Protein is essential for enhancing the body’s strength and building muscle mass. Weight loss is a common side effect of cancer treatment. To regain the body’s strength, cancer patients should eat foods filled with protein like lean meat, fish, poultry, eggs, tauhu (tofu) and taukwa. They should consume plenty of dairy products like cheese, milk and yoghurt. In addition to that, they should consume nuts, dried beans and chickpeas for good protein intake. Fish and soy food is especially recommended for prostate cancer patients.
The basic function of carbohydrates is to provide the body with energy and cancer patients need a lot of it. Carbohydrates, commonly known as carbs are broken down into glucose before entering the bloodstream. Cancer patients should consume rice, noodles, wholegrain bread and pasta in sufficient quantities. Eating whole-grain crackers, oats, corn, potatoes, beans and dairy products is also very beneficial for the cancer patients. In order to prevent infection, cancer patients should consume honey in moderation. Honey has anti-bacterial and antifungal properties which are helpful to patients recovering from cancer.
Day Care Chemotherapy Unit suggests that cancer patients should stay hydrated by drinking plenty of liquids throughout the day. Drink water as frequently as possible. Throughout the day, patients can also have fruit juices so that along with hydration, the body also gets an extra dose of vitamins.
What Not to Eat:
Cancer patients should be very picky about the food to maintain good health and recover fast. There are some foods that they should strictly avoid.
- Stay away from processed meats like bacon, ham, sausages, and red meat.
- Avoid food that has added preservatives. For example, pickles, jams, century eggs, etc. Some of these have nitrites which are considered carcinogenic.
- Cancer patients should limit their intake of salt, sugar, and oily foods.
- Deep-fried, grilled, barbequed, and baked meats are a strict no-no for a cancer patient. Animal protein, when subjected to high heat, produces carcinogenic byproducts like heterocyclic amines. This is injurious to cancer patient’s health.
- A cancer patient should avoid or strictly minimize their alcohol consumption.
Before making changes in the diet, it is essential to take guidance from a medical expert. Otherwise, something that you might consume as healthy food might have an adverse effect on your health. For example, excessive intake of vitamin supplements is harmful to cancer patients. If not taken in regulated doses, they can interfere with chemotherapy treatment, acting as antioxidants. Cancer specialists and dieticians may help you decide the diet that is best suitable for you as per your health condition.
Why choose Nephromed?
Nephromed is amongst the leading cancer hospitals of Nairobi, Kenya. It has adopted a robust combination of chemotherapy and targeted therapy to provide effective cancer treatment. For each patient, oncology treatment is personalized taking their condition and medical history into consideration and the results are extremely encouraging. The hospital is equipped with state-of-the-art facilities when it comes to lab services and advanced chemotherapy machines. The facility is NHIF accredited and provides the affordable treatment. At Nephromed, proficient oncology consultants and qualified chemo/palliative nurses work dedicatedly towards providing the patients with the best possible treatment. To ensure that the patients recover with their full strength and live an improved quality life, our experts also provide wholesome nutritional advice.
Disclaimer: The content including advice provides generic information only. It is in no way a substitute for a qualified medical opinion. Always consult a specialist or your own doctor for more information.