There are many factors which influence the development of Cancer; however the role of nutrition in Cancer is being proven by more and more research. Nutrition is involved at every stage of a patients journey and this website aims to provide help and support to those who want to find out more information.
The role of diet and nutrition will vary depending on what stage patients are at.
During Cancer treatment
Nutrition is an important part of cancer treatment. Eating the right kinds of foods during treatment can help you feel better, improve recovery, reduce the length of side effects from treatment and help you to stay stronger.
Good nutrition is especially important if you have cancer because both the illness and its treatment can affect your appetite. Cancer and cancer treatments can also affect your body’s ability to tolerate certain foods and use nutrients. It is important that throughout your treatment you continue to monitor for changes in your appetite and weight and inform your team of any changes. Some patients will require changes to the energy content of the diet to promote weight gain.
You can be referred to your local Dietitian via your GP or Consultant for advice regarding coping with a change in appetite http://www.bda.uk.com/
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After Cancer Treatment
We often are unable to control some of the factors that are thought to influence the development of cancer, but diet is one part of our lifestyle where we can take control. The relationship between diet and cancer is very difficult to unravel due to many factors. Changes in dietary intake, genetics, changes in food processing and different eating habits are all factors that make the science difficult to interpret. However we already know that some foods offer a protective effect, whilst other may increase our risk of cancer. The current scientific evidence supports the promotion of a healthy balanced diet and exercise to help reduce the risk of developing cancer and other diseases, but what does that actually mean?
An example of a balanced diet includes:
- plenty of fruit and vegetables
- plenty of starchy foods such as bread, rice, potatoes and pasta. Choose wholegrain varieties wherever possible
- some milk and dairy products
- some meat, fish, eggs, beans and other non-dairy sources of protein
- only a small amount of foods and drinks high in fats and/or sugar.
Choose options that are lower in fat, salt and sugar whenever you can
Eating a balanced diet, with the right portion sizes can help us to keep to a healthy weight, which can reduce the risk of developing some cancers
Balance of Good Health
‘The eatwell plate’ shows the different types of food we need to eat – and in what proportions – to have a well balanced and healthy diet.
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- For more information on the plate model or diet and cancer you can visit http://www.nhs.uk/LiveWell/Goodfood/Pages/Goodfoodhome.aspx
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