Food – not supplements – are the best source of vitamins and minerals. There is no evidence that dietary supplements provide the same anti-cancer benefits as fruits and vegetables, and some high-dose supplements may actually increase cancer risk. www.nccn.org; 2018
Here are some general nutrition recommendations for people receiving cancer treatment:
Maintain a healthy weight. For many people, this means avoiding weight loss by getting enough calories every day. For people who are obese, this may mean losing weight. Ask your health care team if it is okay to try to lose weight during treatment. It may be better to wait until after treatment ends. If it is okay, weight loss should be moderate, meaning only about a pound a week.
Get essential nutrients. These include protein, carbohydrates, fats, and water.
Be as active as you can. For example, take a daily walk. If you sit or sleep too much, you may lose muscle mass and increase your body fat, even if you are not gaining weight.
Patients who maintain good nutrition during cancer treatments are more likely to tolerate the side effects. Adequate calories and protein can help maintain patient strength and prevent body tissues from further catabolism.
Phytochemical’s, also found in fruits, vegetables, legumes and grains, are compounds that may thwart the action of carcinogens (cancer-causing substances) and aid cells in blocking the development of cancer.
90%–95% of patients with breast cancer receive various combinations of surgery, chemotherapy, or radiation therapy. Patients have unique nutritional needs depending on type of treatment they’re receiving…
Even though I spent many years witnessing the suffering of cancer patients as a pharmaceutical sales representative and biotech executive, it wasn’t until my own daughter became chronically ill with a severe and very debilitating stomach illness (Gastroparesis) that I decided to take action.
Gastroparesis is a stomach disorder in which food is digested more slowly than normal and results in serious pain, nausea and vomiting that most times cannot be adequately controlled with standard medications. my daughter was very, very sick and spent much of a year in children’s hospital on a morphine drip, with a ninety-tab OPIOD prescription to accompany her home. Each time I would visit her at the hospital, she would constantly complain about the noted pain, nausea and vomiting, in addition to the noticeable loss of appetite and weight.
Being a father with some knowledge of the medical field, I began researching Gastroparesis and available treatment options. I started thinking of ways to create a uniquely based product or products that would not only help my daughter with the pain, nausea, and vomiting but with loss of appetite and weight. these are the same symptoms which also plague chemotherapy patients and many other people receiving debilitating therapies.
I began to research patient nutritional needs, fruits, vegetables, and spices that provide proven health benefits. What I came to find was that there were many robust nutritional options, but nothing like what I wanted to create.
Armed with new knowledge and an “idea”, I began to speak with more and more people undergoing chemotherapy through my work and travel, debated friends who are physicians and healthcare providers, and after many hours of researching the potential and synergistic benefits of high-quality ingredients, and the benefits of key spices – I believed I could create a product that would not only aid in managing patient symptoms but also provide the patient with much needed high-quality nutrients, along with the necessary vitamins and minerals to help keep them healthy during those tough times.
When side effects of cancer or cancer treatment affect normal eating, changes can be made to help the patient get the nutrients they need. Eating foods that are high in calories, protein, vitamins, and minerals is important. Meals should be planned to meet the patient’s nutrition needs and tastes in food.
Mar 16, 2018: Nutrition in Cancer Care (PDQ®)–Patient Version was originally published by the National Cancer Institute.”
Just a quick snapshot of one of many great clinical abstracts presented at this years ASCO in Chicago, IL. It’s truly inspiring to see Nutritional support for Cancer Patients at forefront of Clinical Research! Can only wait to see the outcomes! #marivationisaheadofcurve
Effect of nutritional support with highly purified, whey proteins for malnutrition and sarcopenia in patients affected with stage II-III colorectal or breast cancer: A blind, placebo controlled, randomized clinical trial.