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Cancer and Diet

Cancer and diet go together. Maybe diet doesn’t directly cause cancer, but people who get cancer often battle it through diet changes.

My previous post was about cancer survivors, and I want to follow up with a post on using diet to reduce cancer patients’ sufferings. My sources are two: my own mother’s cancer experience and a doctor’s and nutritionist’s book called The Cancer Survival Cookbook: 200 quick and easy recipes with helpful eating hints. 

Unfortunately, I did not have this book when my family was trying to feed nutritious foods to my mom in her final months. Otherwise, things would have gone much better.

My mom suffered several of the eating challenges that the book’s authors address. Cancer took her appetite and left mouth sores in its place. In brutal cycles, she endured nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and constipation. For sure, these are not happy, social topics.

But doctor and cancer survivor, Christina Marino, and her co-author, cancer nutritionist, Donna Weihofen at the University of Wisconsin Comprehensive Cancer Center, take up each of these cancer-treatment side effects and offer pages of advice on how to lessen them. Keep reading for some of their ideas.

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Cancer Survivors

Cancer survivors, well, survivors of all kinds, tell stories steeped in lessons.  

Experience with Breast Cancer Treatment

In my life are cancer survivors, and in my heart are those who didn’t survive. Despite differences in outcome, their stories of the fight are the same. Last week I listened to a different kind of survivor’s story, and was struck by its similarities to cancer survivors‘.

This story was told by a woman who had survived six years as a hostage, held by militants in a South American jungle. She lived in a small cage with others, deprived of food and a latrine. She was beaten regularly to amuse her captors. Even dying wasn’t permitted. What kept her going?

Like cancer survivors and other sufferers, she had to turn inward and find her way through her own spiritual resources. And in a small way, her dreams of food helped. Keep reading for more of the story.

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