Thousands of people each year are diagnosed with mesothelioma. This rare form of cancer is particularly devastating because most victims have presented symptoms of the disease for decades but they were misdiagnosed as common cold or flu-like ailments. As with any cancer, early detection is the key to surviving the longest and misdiagnosis usually means most patients are diagnosed in a late stage of the cancer. Nutrition will play a big role in nourishing your body to help maintain a strong immune system.
In this month’s blogs you will find nutrition tips for the three main therapies for mesothelioma cancer: chemotherapy, radiation and surgery. You will also learn how fats, carbohydrates, proteins and more can help you build up your immune system when consumed in proper proportions. You will also learn food and safety guidelines you should follow during treatment and nutrition tips for patients with advanced cancer.
Nutrition is an important part of a malignant pleural mesothelioma cancer treatment. Eating well during treatments will help you regain your strength, keep up your weight, decrease your risk of infection, heal and recover more quickly, better tolerate the side effects of treatment and generally make you feel better. This month’s blogs will focus on topics to help you embrace nutrition as a weapon in your defense against the cancer.
As with any diet, consult your physician to make sure you are following the best nutrition plan for your particular mesothelioma diagnosis and mesothelioma treatment. Make sure your caregivers are aware of the optimal nutrition plan for you as well.
Holistic medicine can be defined as many things for some diagnosed with malignant pleural mesothelioma. This type of medicine uses the mental, physical, emotional, spiritual and nutritional elements that are interconnected with patients to maintain health. When one element is out of line, it is thought that this will affect the whole person. Because the holistic approach focuses on the whole person, diet and nutrition is a big part of the picture.
Suffering with a disease or mesothelioma symptoms is not new. There are many ancient healing traditions that advise healthy eating as a part of harmony with nature. Dating back to the time of Plato, he advised doctors as to the relationship between a body’s health and nutrition. Socrates and Hippocrates both emphasized the ability of the body to heal is directly related to the diet a person selects. The more healthy a diet, the more healthy and harmonious the person. clear that getting your fruits and vegetables in, as a malignant pleural mesothelioma victim, is of utmost importance. Cancer patients are most likely to benefit from eating plant-based foods. A way to add more fruits and vegetables to your diet include: snack on vegetables, fruits and dried fruits. Undertaking a vegetarian lifestyle, if only a few days a week, will dramatically impact your health is a positive way. Include leafy green salads with your meals and drink 100% fruit juice. All of these things combined will fill your body with important nutrients, antioxidants and vitamins needed to help fight your disease – malignant pleural mesothelioma.