Ovarian cancer patients and caregivers–as well as other cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy–might want to read this article from EverydayHealth.com:
Nutrition for Ovarian Cancer Patients
Treatment for ovarian cancer can zap your appetite and make eating difficult, but it’s vital that you get the nutrients you need.
By Diana Rodriguez -Medically reviewed by Lindsey Marcellin, MD, MPH
As a woman undergoing treatment for ovarian cancer, you have different dietary needs than before you started your ovarian cancer treatment plan. Chemotherapy and other treatments, as well as the cancer itself, can make eating difficult. But your body needs plenty of energy to keep it going strong, so the right meal plan is important. This is also true for ovarian cancer survivors.
Ovarian Cancer: Why You Need a Balanced Diet
Foods and calorie needs will vary depending on where you are in your ovarian cancer treatment as well as afterward.
“Any cancer patient undergoing treatment such as surgery or chemotherapy should see a registered dietitian for an individualized nutrition treatment plan,” says Sharlene Bidini, an oncology nutrition specialist at the Oakwood Center for Cancer Care in Dearborn, Mich. “Patients may require additional calories and protein for healing after a total abdominal hysterectomy.”
Ovarian Cancer: Creating a Balanced Diet
To squeeze extra calories and proteins into your diet, try the following foods:
Dairy products, like cheeses and milkEggsSauces, dressings, and other high-calorie condiments. Butter and oil for cookingNuts, for snacking and to add to dishes.
“Some chemotherapy regimens have minimal nutritional side effects, while others have a high probability of nausea and vomiting or other side effects that affect a patient’s desire to eat,” says Bidini. If you can’t tolerate eating often, boost the meals you can eat with extra calories from those foods.
This is only the first half of the article. Read the rest by going to: Nutrition during chemotherapy.
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