Liver cancer treatment requires nutrition as it is of vital importance. Patients can feel much better and stronger by absorbing the suitable kinds of food before, during, and after chemotherapy treatment. However, in the process of diseases and treatments, cancer patients also face many disadvantages. What else can help you get healthier than these eating tips that in course of Chemo for liver cancer.
How to eat well during Chemotherapy treatment?
Anorexia is the most frequent problem. It mostly results from anxiety, occasionally from side effects of the treatment, or changes in taste, etc. For some people, the condition of anorexia lasts only a few days, but others may take it longer. For whatever reason, it is believed that anorexia needs to be improved. The advice is:
- Eat more at breakfast (account for 1/3 of the energy all day)
- Have more than 3 meals a day
- Supplement more protein, drink plenty of water, especially drinks containing nutrients such as milk, juice (fruit, vegetables, meat), grinding food, etc. and should diversify food
- Try to create a fun atmosphere, comfortable sensation during the meal
During the process of Chemotherapy, patient taste is often altered. Foods especially meat or high-content protein foods usually cause patients to feel bitter or tasteless. This change of appetite normally disappears after the cessation of treatment. However, each patient will get different effects so the following methods can only help the person to reduce the discomfort
- Rinse mouth before having meals
- Eat citrus fruit such as orange, tangerine, lemon, grapefruit , etc. (unless you are suffering from pain in the mouth or sore throat)
- Eat small meals several times a day
- Boost your favorite foods and try to reduce red meat
- Use spices and sauces in the dish in order to stimulate your sense of taste…
Ease Side effects with food
Chemotherapy or radiotherapy in the head and neck area can cause decreased salivation and lead to dry mouth, contributing to severe anorexia. In this case, it should be noted
- Have easy-to-chew-and-swallow foods
- Chew gum or have more sour fruit to saliva, avoid high-content sugar foods;
- Use chilled desserts
- Oral hygiene and gargling at least 4 times a day
- Drink plenty of water
Focus on Food Safety
Some cancer treatments temporarily weaken your immune system. Therefore, warding off germs from food is necessary. You can be sick by polluted food. You can keep safe by some guidelines hereby.
- Avoid cracked or unrefrigerated eggs.
- Check expiration dates to avoid food spoilage, and throw away any moldy foods.
- Cook all your meats until they’re well done.
- Don’t buy bulk foods from open bins, like salad greens.
- Keep all perishable foods in the fridge until you’re ready to prepare them.
- Prep your food on surfaces that are cleaned with soapy, hot water.
- Use a separate cutting board for raw meat, fish, or poultry. Wash it thoroughly after each use.
- Scrub and rinse fruits and vegetables thoroughly. Don’t eat any fruits or vegetables that you can’t wash easily, such as raspberries. Scrub the outsides, even if you don’t eat them, like the rind of a melon.
According to the American Cancer Society, alcohol is related to several cancers including liver cancer. Inflammation of your liver can be triggered by alcohol. Do not think that only some certain types of alcoholic beverage are harmful; all alcohol is considered as a toxin to your liver. Therefore, DON’T use any type of alcohol if you are undergoing liver cancer treatments, especially in chemotherapy.
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Review Date: June 20, 2017 | Last Modified: June 20, 2017
American Cancer Society, Inc. [US], Nutrition for the Person With Cancer During Treatment: A Guide for Patients and Families, https://old.cancer.org/acs/groups/cid/documents/webcontent/002903-pdf.pdf. Accessed on March 30, 2017
WebMD, Eating well during cancer treatment, http://www.webmd.com/cancer/features/eating-treatment#1. Accessed on March 30, 2017