The right diet to fight loss of appetite, nausea and keep in strength to face anticancer therapy
my husband is suffering from an inoperable cancer. He is currently undergoing a cycle of chemotherapy to try to reduce the tumor mass. The question I want to ask you is: is there a recommended diet in cases like these? Consider that the chemo has taken away his appetite due to the alteration of flavors added to the nausea, and he has some difficulty swallowing. In particular, he struggles a lot to eat meat. I am worried because she is losing weight. Do you believe that the intake of fruit, vegetables and organic food can help in any way? Thank you very much
Anti-cancer therapies often involve various side effects that include loss of appetite, gastrointestinal problems etc. … There are nutritional therapies that can / must be taken into consideration by the treating doctors who aim to keep the patient in the best nutritional conditions to continue the therapy.
It is important to keep in mind that some foods can interact with drugs (the most classic example is the consumption of alcohol while taking drugs) therefore it is necessary to contact a dietician / nutritionist who will look at the situation and medical history to recommend the diet more appropriate for the period in which the patient will undergo anticancer therapy. The purpose of the diet is to avoid weight loss and keep the patient strong enough to face therapy. So frequent, small and high-protein meals are recommended.
In general, it is preferable to consume cold foods against nausea as they generate less intense odors. For constipation, on the other hand, the consumption of lean, fibrous and protein-rich products such as vegetables such as fruit, fish, eggs, poultry, nuts and / or legumes is encouraged. This article refers to the pomegranate as its intense color is indicative of healthy content.
In addition, the steroids used for anticancer therapy and the stress the patient undergoes, can lead to changes in blood sugar levels (blood sugar). The nutritional therapy team will then monitor these values and correct the diet.
In conclusion: do-it-yourself is to be avoided as some foods can influence the effectiveness of the drugs and you must contact a nutritionist who has access to the medical record. Typically hospitals have nutritionists on the care team.
Prof. Saverio Gentile
Cancer biology specialist