Cancer Treatment and Nutrition
Date : : 7/12/2021
The planning of nutrition by dietitians during and after cancer treatment is an issue that should be considered and given importance when considering the support for the treatment.
Since weight loss during cancer treatment will weaken the body, the treatment should be supported by a nutrition plan. Conditions such as loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting cause fatigue. However, since it will negatively affect the morale and motivation of the person, nutrition should be planned according to the type of cancer being fought and the type of treatment applied.
While fighting cancer, nutrition in a way that strengthens the immune system will contribute positively to the treatment process. In this process, careful, balanced and good nutrition strengthens the cells and muscles and repairs the immune system. Thus, it is ensured that the body responds positively to the treatment in a shorter time.
There is no definite diet specified for nutrition in cancer treatment. However, a personalized nutrition plan, prepared in accordance with the type of cancer and the treatment applied, ensures success in a shorter time.
Weight loss is common during cancer treatment. However, some types of cancer, such as breast cancer, may experience an increase in body weight. In such cases, it is necessary to reach and maintain the ideal weight. It is necessary to reach and maintain the ideal weight in such a way that the muscle mass is preserved with the nutrition plan that will be prepared by the treatment plan and taking into account the needs of the body.
Before cancer treatment, vegetables and fruits of different colors should be consumed in the diet, it is generally recommended to reduce the consumption of whole grain products, processed and fatty meat, increase protein consumption, consume plenty of water and avoid the consumption of ready-made foods that do not have nutritional value but contain high sugar and fat.
It is important to consider that the nutrition plans prepared by dietitians vary according to the blood values and needs of the people, even when there is no cancer in the body.
After the treatment, a nutrition plan should be prepared in line with the results of the controls and the necessary nutritional needs of the body should be met. In cases where no need is determined, there is no need for additional mineral and vitamin intake.
You may be guided by different information about nutrition from different sources. When you encounter such a situation, you should consult your dietitian and your progress according to the list given by your doctor, and if you have any question marks in your mind, you should consult your doctor.
Just as patients with the same cancer type are treated in different ways, it is a special situation that varies from person to person and situation to situation, so the nutritional plan prepared during cancer treatment may not be the same as patients with the same cancer type as you. This is because your body's needs are different from each other.
Nutritional planning is an important part of the cancer treatment process at Onkomer Oncology Center. Our dietitian examines your results and values and creates a nutrition plan tailored to your needs. The created nutrition plan is updated according to the changing situations in your treatment process. If our dietitian deems it necessary, your nutrition plan will be changed at each control. For this, you also meet with our dietitian every time you come for control.
Eating in accordance with the nutrition plan prepared for you will positively affect the treatment and will help shorten the duration. In addition, when you eat well, you will feel much better, fit and motivated as your body's needs will be met naturally.
We beat cancer by acting as a team at Onkomer Oncology Center. Include your dietitian in your treatment team during the radiation therapy process and let's beat together.