Thousands of people each year are diagnosed with mesothelioma. This rare form of cancer is particularly devastating because most victims have presented symptoms of the disease for decades but they were misdiagnosed as common cold or flu-like ailments. As with any cancer, early detection is the key to surviving the longest and misdiagnosis usually means most patients are diagnosed in a late stage of the cancer. Nutrition will play a big role in nourishing your body to help maintain a strong immune system.
In this month’s blogs you will find nutrition tips for the three main therapies for mesothelioma: chemotherapy, radiation and surgery. You will also learn how fats, carbohydrates, proteins and more can help you build up your immune system and fight mesothelioma symptoms. You will also learn food and safety guidelines you should follow during treatment and nutrition tips for patients with advanced cancer.
Nutrition is an important part of a mesothelioma cancer treatment. Eating well during treatments will help you regain your strength, keep up your weight, decrease your risk of infection, heal and recover more quickly, better tolerate the side effects of treatment and generally make you feel better. This month’s blogs will focus on topics to help you embrace nutrition as a weapon in your defense against the cancer.
As with any diet, consult your physician to make sure you are following the best nutrition plan for your particular mesothelioma diagnosis and mesothelioma treatment. Make sure your caregivers are aware of the optimal nutrition plan for you as well.
Mesothelioma symptoms are at fault for why the disease can hide for such a long period. They mimic the symptoms of common ailments and the real culprit goes misdiagnosed for decades. After you receive a mesothelioma diagnosis, you will have to select a treatment plan that is the best option for you. Depending upon if you have pleural, peritoneal, testicular or pericardial mesothelioma, your doctor will recommend a treatment that will best benefit your health. Before and after going through this treatment you should begin to take optimal care of yourself. This begins with good nutrition.
Your most important objective to making sure your body can fight mesothelioma symptoms and help your body heal from the mesothelioma treatment is to eat a balanced diet. Vary your diet to include extended amounts of fruits and vegetables. They provide valuable vitamins and antioxidants that you will need in order to recover fast. Also make sure you eat good carbohydrates like whole grains. This will give you energy to heal quicker and to get around better. When it comes to selecting your meals, the American Cancer Society recommends that cancer survivors:
- Eat at least 2.5 cups of fruits and vegetables every day
- Select healthy fats, including omega-3 fatty acids, rather than saturated fats or trans fats
- Select proteins that are low in saturated fat, such as fish, lean meats, eggs, nuts, seeds and legumes