02:17 PM | 02-06-2021

Can anyone suggest me what should be the diet plan for a Cancer patient who has recently completed his treatment with Radiations and chemos?

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02:07 PM | 14-06-2021

Hello Kulbhushan,

Chemotherapy is a common cancer treatment that uses one or more drugs to combat cancer cells in your body. It may lead to dry mouth, taste changes, nausea, fatigue and can make eating seem like a chore. It is important to have a healthy, balanced diet during cancer treatment to keep your body functioning optimally.
Foods that are mild in flavour, easy on your stomach and nutrient-dense.
Also, increased protein intake is necessary during the cancer treatment for the repair of damaged cells and tissues. 

Diet to follow- 

  • Have oatmeals as it has numerous nutrients which can help your body during chemo. It boasts carbs, proteins and antioxidants as well as more healthy fats than most grains.
  • Include avocados in your diet. It will provide you with the necessary calories and nutrients. It is fibre rich and its fibres bulk up the stool and feed the friendly bacteria in your gut. Avocados will also help you to cope with the symptoms like mouth sores, dry mouth, weight loss or constipation which results due to chemotherapy and radiation. 
  • Include almonds and other nuts in your diet. If possible, have overnight soaked almonds as they will provide you with easily absorbable proteins. 
  • Have pumpkin seeds. Like nuts, pumpkin seeds are good for snacking. They are rich in fats, proteins and antioxidants like Vitamin E which can help to fight inflammation. 
  • Include broccoli and other green leafy vegetables in your diet. These vegetables have an impressive nutritional profile.
  • Have homemade smoothies as they are a great option if you are having a hard time chewing foods or getting enough nutrients in your diet as they are highly customizable and allows you to add ingredients according to your needs and tastes.
  • Drink sufficient water during the day to be hydrated. 
  • Drink coconut water. 
  • Have fresh fruits like pomegranate, banana, etc. 

Foods to avoid- 

  • Avoid dairy products and animal foods. 
  • Avoid carbonated drinks. 
  • Avoid processed, packaged, preserved and oily foods.
  • Say no to alcohol. 
  • Avoid caffeinated drinks. 

Thank you 

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