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Cancer, Chemotherapy And Impact On Nutrition

Choose a form of cancer and discuss how chemotherapy and/or radiation therapy can cause side effects that impact a patient's nutrition status. What nutrition therapy options are available and recommended to patients undergoing cancer treatment?

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According to Heather Topham Wood (livestrong foundation), "Radiation and chemotherapy treatment for liver cancer may produce side effects such as nausea, vomiting, constipation and decreased appetite." Food that maintains calories and avoids deficiencies are optimal. Supplementing with Vitamin E, selenium, beta carotene, vitamin C and EPA are suggested. Additionally, consuming fluids, limiting high-fat foods, and avoiding spicy foods is suggested.
The Yale Cancer Center recommends avoiding flatoxin, often found on poorly stored grains or nuts, and reducing consumption of high-protein foods for liver cancer patients.

Eating foods that contain aflatoxin may increase liver cancer risks, which is a type of fungus that grows on foods, such as nuts, seeds and grains. Additionally, avoiding a high-protein diet to reduce liver cancer risks is recommended by Virginia Tech.

The stomach and intestine lining can be damaged from chemotherapy. It can also affect the mouth receptors and affect the taste of foods.

Baking, broiling and stewing foods is suggested, when diarrhea is an issue, as well as limiting fiber. Yogurt and buttermilk may be better than other dairy ...

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Diet and treatment suggestions for liver cancer and chemotherapy are discussed in this solution.

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