Over the years, I’ve watched as quite a few dear friends battled cancer. No matter what type of cancer they were dealing with (breast, prostate, etc.), or what type of treatments they had (chemotherapy, radiation, surgery, etc.), it seems like they all shared a few things in common: loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, and weight loss.
While many cancer patients are given anti-nausea pills during their treatment, especially those who are dealing with chemotherapy, it just seems that no matter what they do, food just isn’t as appealing during this time. As a result, many folks lose a lot of weight, at a time when they really need to keep their strength up as much as possible.
So when visiting my friends who have been fighting cancer, I’ll always ask what type of food I can bring or what type of restaurant we can go to, and then I’m always happy when they come up with something that sounds good. If a friend says she wants a big hot fudge sundae from Baskin Robbins for lunch, then that’s where we would go!
From talking with my friends and family members over the years, it seems like most of them were essentially on their own when it came to their diets during cancer treatment. Some might have gotten a pamphlet or two or had a quick chat with a nutritionist, but for the most part they were given the anti-nausea pills and sent on their way.
The other day I was thinking about this subject again. I had just spoken with a dear friend of mine whose father successfully fought off Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma, and she had mentioned that even though he faithfully took his anti-nausea pills during his rounds of chemotherapy, he ended up dropping about 30 pounds that he really didn’t need to lose and he also lost his taste for many of the foods he always loved.
So I got out my trusty laptop and began to research nutrition and cancer. More specifically, I was trying to find cancer facilities that treat cancer patients everyday, and that offer them nutritional support. I found a couple of places right away that feel that this subject is crucial to the well-being of cancer patients. Please check out these links below: