Maintaining weight can be a constant challenge for some cancer patients. I read and review articles about nutrition for chronically ill cancer patients often. Most are so basic they aren’t worth forwarding. This short post by Susan Sisk, listing specific nutritional componants a cancer patient trying to maintain weight should understand, is worth noting. Here is that list from

Cancer tears the body down, and wipes out caloric reserves. At the cancer center where I worked, we would tell our new patients, that “this is not the time to be on a weight loss diet.” If a patient starts at 175 lbs., the goal is to stay at 175 lbs. during treatment. Cancer causes faulty DNA replication within the cells. A person fighting cancer needs increased protein, carbohydrates, vitamins, and minerals. They may need to increase their caloric intake to counteract the increased metabolism from the cancer.

•Proteins take part in almost every process within cell division. They help to maintain the structure of the cells. Protein can be found in meat, dairy, eggs, and nuts.
•Carbohydrates give the body energy, and are often starchy. Cereals, bread, pasta, potatoes, sugars contain carbohydrates.
•Vitamins are nutrients that have many functions within the body. Some help with cell division, some are antioxidents, some help enzymes to function properly. Some vitamins that are inportant in fighting cancer are:
1.Vitamin A: regulates cell and tissue growth. Vitamin A includes retinol and carotenoids. Vitamin A can be found in red, yellow, and orange fruits and vegetables.
2.Vitamin C: helps with the formation of collagen. Citrus fruits contain Vitamin c. Some people feel that Vitamin C helps protect against stomach, esophageal, and mouth cancers.
3.Vitamin E: is found in wheat germ oil, and liver. It is thought to cut the risk of getting colon cancer.
•Resvertrol is a substance that can be found in grapes. It is thought to help inhibit cancer growth by helping to prevent DNA damage in the cells.
•Catechins Green tea, which has become very popular contains catechins. Catechins are antioxidants that may inhibit tumors.
•Soy is found in Tofu, and may popular vegetarian foods. There is also soy milk, and soy cheese, which is widely available. Some reasearchers have found that it may stunt the growth of some breast cancer cells.
•Lycopene is part of the carotene group. It is found in tomatoes. Usually raw foods contain more nutrients, but cooked tomatoes are actually higher in lyopene.
•Selenium a mineral that is thought to help lower risks of lung, colerectal, and prostate cancer.

Read the article in it’s entirety by going to: Healthy Nutrition for Cancer Patients.

Feel good and keep smiling! Pat & Pattie

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