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 when consumed in proper proportions. 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.
Statistics clearly indicate that mesothelioma life expectancy is increased when patients and doctors employ a multimodal treatment strategy. This therapy involves traditional treatments of surgery, radiation and chemotherapy or a combination of any to treat the disease aggressively.
Because this form of treatment is harsh on the body and considered aggressive, one avenue to fight back is diet and nutrition.
A number of nutritional and dietary changes can affect mesothelioma life expectancy. Following a healthy diet can have a positive impact on your stress levels, mesothelioma symptoms and side effects and actually how you respond to treatment.
Research has shown that many long term survivors have a connection: the integration of natural and holistic medicines and healthy choices. Nutrition experts suggest including a variety of fruits and vegetables in your daily diet. This will help you to receive helpful antioxidants from food sources other than supplements.
Antioxidants protect your body’s cells from damage created by free radicals. Examples of antioxidants include vitamins E and C, selenium, zinc and beta carotene. They occur naturally in many fruits and vegetables.
A number of patients whose mesothelioma life expectancy has exceeded five years or longer is a direct result of their treatment, exercise and nutritional regimens.
Paul Kraus is an Australian factory worker who was diagnosed with peritoneal mesothelioma in 1997. Kraus underwent several different therapies and lifestyle changes, inclusive of a vegetarian diet and nutritional supplements. Although he will always have mesothelioma, he has beaten the survival rate by living a healthy lifestyle.