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Healthy eating habits are vital for mesothelioma patients. However, many cancer treatments have side effects that can weaken the appetite, causing weight loss, fatigue and an overall decline in health. Good nutrition can help maximize energy, stave off infection and provide the strength patients need – when they need it the most during their mesothelioma treatments.
Many people don’t know that nutritional guidelines for patients fighting cancer are very different from those recommended for a healthy person. Insufficient calories and protein are often problems, so the focus should be on eating enough food to maintain energy. Cancer patients who are struggling to eat should consult with a doctor or nutritionist – but the following general nutrition suggestions may be helpful:
- Find one or two things you can tolerate and stick with those foods until you can handle additional items
- Incorporate liquid meal supplements
- Drink at least six to eight cups of liquid each day
- Avoid foods that may irritate side effects caused by your treatment – for example, lowering fiber if chemotherapy-related diarrhea is an issue, or eliminating acidic fruits or vegetables if radiation aggravates your throat
- Contact your doctor if any cancer treatments have new side effects that could complicate your mesothelioma nutrition needs.
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