Cancer therapy can be complex for patients of any age, including children. As part of the treatment's supportive care, suggestions are given to make the environment more child-friendly and provide adequate nutrition.
The healthcare team will discuss the best approach for supporting your child's diet during therapy.
Overview of “Food for the Fight” approach in cancer treatment and recovery
"Food for the Fight" is a term used to describe the approach of incorporating a healthy and balanced diet to support cancer treatment and recovery.
Goal: Provide necessary nutrients and energy for immune system, strength, and side effect management.
- Focus on whole, nutrient-dense foods.
- Encourage food safety, side effect management, and staying active.
- Recommended to seek nutritional advice and guidance from healthcare providers or registered dietitians for a tailored approach.
Nutritional Tips for Cancer Patients to Stay Healthy and Strong
1. Focus on Whole Foods
- Choose minimally processed foods
- Include fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, and seeds
- These foods provide essential nutrients and antioxidants that support the immune system and fight inflammation
2. Stay Hydrated
- Drink at least 8-10 glasses of water daily
- Consider herbal tea or coconut water for additional hydration
- Water flushes toxins out of the body and supports kidney function
3. Eat Small, Frequent Meals
- Cancer patients may experience nausea, vomiting, or loss of appetite
- Eating small, frequent meals can manage symptoms and provide a steady supply of nutrients
4. Focus on Protein
- Protein is essential for building and repairing tissues in the body
- Good sources of protein include lean meats, poultry, fish, beans, lentils, tofu, and eggs
- Especially important for cancer patients undergoing surgery or other treatments
5. Avoid Processed and Sugary Foods
- These foods are often low in nutrients and high in calories
- Opt for whole, nutrient-dense foods that provide energy to fight cancer
6. Be careful with food safety
- Wash your hands
- Avoid raw or undercooked foods
- Be cautious with food storage and preparation
7. Consider Working with a Registered Dietitian
- A registered dietitian can provide personalized nutrition advice
- They can help create a meal plan that meets nutritional needs and manages side effects of treatment. 8. Stay active
- Regular physical activity can help manage symptoms of cancer and its treatment
- Aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate activity, such as walking or yoga
- Discuss with your healthcare provider before starting any exercise program
Good nutrition is essential for cancer patients to help support the immune system, fight inflammation, and manage symptoms and side effects of treatment. By focusing on whole, nutrient-dense foods and working with a registered dietitian, cancer patients can help their body fight back against cancer and stay strong and healthy.
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