Cancer is, indeed, one of the most dangerous and highly lethal diseases that affect human beings all round the world. Although this disease is one of the oldest too, its complete cure and medical treatments have still not found their exact place in our health industry and so, a majority of patients who suffer from this fatal disease generally end up losing their precious lives.
Although curing some kinds of cancer is completely impossible, there are some forms of cancer that when detected at an early stage can be effectively treated and a person be made to live life like a normal individual. When a cancer is diagnosed at an early stage, the medical practitioner recommends and charts out a treatment plan for the patient. The treatment plan may vary from individual to individual and consists one, two or all of the following:
· Radiation therapy
· Biologic immunotherapy
· Hormone therapy
· Any other kind of treatment
All these treatment methods help in treating cancer by killing and destroying the cancerous cells in the infected organ or the body. However, in this process of getting rid of the cancerous cells in the body, the treatment may also affect the healthy cells in the body and cause their disruption to a large extent. This is commonly referred to as the biggest side effect of treating cancer in a patient. When this happens, the patient starts feeling lethargic and is affected by high degree of energy loss in the body. Other side effects may also include loss of appetite, dry mouth and throat, changes in body weight, changes in taste sense and smell, gum and dental problems, diarrhea, constipation, lactose intolerance, nausea, vomiting, depression, fatigue, etc.
Therefore, along with charting a tailored and customized treatment plan for a patient suffering from cancer, a doctor also charts out a complete diet plan for the patient so that the healthy cells can be replenished and their destruction can be stabilized by an equal amount of new cells being produced in the body.
The health-related tips for a patient suffering from cancer are very different from the regular diet tips that one receives during weight loss or gain in normal course of lifestyle. Sometimes, the cancer-related health tips may sound very confusing to the patient because they may be exactly different and opposite of what the patient may have heard till date. Health tips in cancer lay a lot of stress on eating vegetables, fruits, and whole grain breads. They also include a balanced diet with cereals coupled with an equal amount of dairy and meat products. A patient suffering from cancer should avoid high consumption of salt, alcohol, sugar, fat, etc. A patient is asked to eat more of calorie-rich foods that contain a high quantity of proteins in them. This includes drinking a lot of milk and integrating a lot of cheese, cream, and eggs in the daily diet and meals. A person should also increase using a lot of gravies and sauces in his or her daily food and eat food that is well oiled and lubricated. A person should avoid eating dry food or dishes that are gravy-less.