What role proper nutrition plays in cancer treatment?
Cancer patients find it even more important to eat right during treatment. Their dietary intake can literally become a matter of life and death.
Sugary, radiation therapy, and chemotherapy are the most common treatments designed to stop the spread of cancer by killing and /or or removing cancerous cells. Unfortunately, in the process of radiation therapy and chemotherapy, many of the body’s healthy cells are also damaged or destroyed.
During these treatments the body is working unusually hard: fighting the cancer cells, and attending to the damage top healthy cells caused by the therapy by repairing and replacing already-damaged cells. The strain of these combined tasks is considerable, and the body requires a proportionally higher amount of nutrients just to maintain standard body functions.
The side effects of the treatment such as loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, blistered mouth or throat tissues, dry mouth, changes in taste, and fatigue make proper nutrient intake difficult if not impossible. As a cancer patient’s survival can be dependent on how he or she takes care of their body during treatment, nutritional supplement might be helpful during treatment of cancer.