April 28, 2006, Newsletter Issue #14: Eating Well Through Breast Cancer Therapy

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Breast cancer treatment information that might be unknown is the importance of a well-balanced diet in the recovery of the patient. Eating properly is important when undergoing breast cancer therapy. Treatments can cause fatigue, reduce physical strength, and damage tissue, leading to a decrease demand by the body for nutrients. Even though the cancer patient might feel exhausted, they can suffer from a reduced appetite as a side effect of the treatment they are receiving. But eating is a crucial component of in the battle against breast cancer. Eating fruits and vegetables rich in vitamin C, high-protein foods like meat, beans, and dairy products, and carbohydrate-laden whole grains for energy can help tremendously. Drinking plenty of fluids to stay hydrated during your treatment is also recommended. If a loss of appetite is an issue, try eating smaller but more frequent meals. Smaller bites of food chewed slowly can help fight the nausea, while helping food stay down. If you have trouble with diarrhea or vomiting, keep track of the foods that seem to cause them. Your doctor is also a good source of information to discuss your dietary and digestive problems with. There maybe other solutions to help you keep your breast cancer diet healthy and on track.

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