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Breast cancer and diet

By February 18, 2011 - 6:36am
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I have stage III breast cancer I had a lumpectomy on Aug. 18,2010 also 29 lymph nodes removed. I am really scared it will come back and want to avoid that at all costs. I really need help with my diet. I hear I should eat a better diet but I'm not sure what that consists of. Any help at all will be greatly appreciated.

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Eating Organic is important because you don't want meat or chicken or pork that has been given estrogen and lots of anitbiotics. Buy local if that is possible if you can not go 100% Organic. The same with fruits and veggies.

March 13, 2011 - 4:01pm

Hi nambrocato,
As a cancer survivor, I understand your fear of the cancer returning.
Good nutrition is very important. If you are scheduled for any other treatments such as radiation or chemotherapy, eating a balanced diet becomes a challenge.

Basic principles to eating a balanced diet :
drink plenty of water, at least 8 glasses daily
at least five servings of fruits or vegetables daily- include 100% fruit or vegetable juices
try small frequent meals and snacks if you have any problem tolerating the usual 3 large meals a day
get enough protein: eggs, poultry, beans,fish, lean meats are good
add whole grains to your diet: oatmeal for breakfast, peanut butter on whole grain bread for lunch or snack

One rule: if you are receiving treatment, this is not the time to diet, you need the calories to keep up your strength and rebuild healthy cells.

Here is an article that might help you. It's right here on EmpowHer
"Excellent Diet Aids in Cancer Fight"
You may want to check out our Breast Cancer Discussion Group.
I suggest a book that helped me with meal and diet ideas during my battle with cancer( have had chemo, radiation, surgery, more radiation...)
"Eating Well Through Cancer" by Holly Clegg & Gerald Miletello, M.D.
Hang in there, have hope and keep on fighting. You are not alone and contact us again if we can help in any way.

February 18, 2011 - 5:42pm
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