Posted 8/18/2013 by hhill
It is always delightful to read an article that is confirming common sense. This one, from Nutrition and Cancer,
reminds us that there is no such thing as a "miracle food". Food and diet are frequent topics of conversation in my office--usually clustered around two general themes: what should I eat during treatment and what can I eat to lower the risk of recurrence and stay healthy? The first question has a short tongue-in-cheek-but-true answer: "whatever you want, whatever sounds good." The only food rule during treatment is to eat enough protein as both chemotherapy and radiation kill healthy cells, and our bodies need the protein to rebuild. Beyond that adage, it is all about personal comfort food and what slides down when you may not be feeling so well. Some women eat ice cream, some love soup, others crave spicy foods. There is a general preference for carbs, and there is an old joke about the ideal meal during chemo being mashed potatoes, mac and cheese, and white bread.