What to eat during cancer treatment

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The American Cancer Society recently announced a new comfort food cookbook for people experiencing the side effects of treatment. “What to Eat During Cancer Treatment” offers 100 great tasting, family-friendly recipes to help patients deal with common side effects, such as nausea, diarrhea, constipation, taste alterations, unintentional weight loss, sore mouth and difficulty swallowing.

The society’s “Eat Right” Challenge kicks off nationwide Aug. 20 – a special day to remind Americans everywhere of the importance of eating right. Eating well before, during and after cancer treatment is a key component of healing, recovery and living well with cancer. This cookbook offers recipes that will make eating well a little easier for cancer patients.

“I think it’s a great idea to have a book like this,” said Debb Hoy, of Sioux Falls, S.D., a colon cancer survivor. “You hear many tips from other cancer patients and if you don’t write them down, you don’t remember them. This way you can just refer to the book.”

The recipes are organized by symptom and flagged with colorful “symptom icons” for easy reference. Although there are 100 recipes in the book, many of the recipes may be used for multiple symptoms, providing more than 220 options for symptom relief.

For example, if you are experiencing nausea, turn to page 11 to try Brie and Apple Grilled Cheese. If you have a sore throat, try a refreshing Sherbet Shake listed on page 72. If you are experiencing taste alterations, flip to page 110 and try the Honey-Teriyaki Salmon. For relief from constipation, the cookbook has a recipe on page 50 – Blueberry-Peach Crisp – to cleanse the body.

This book supports the society’s efforts to help people stay healthy and live longer lives.

For more information or to order a cookbook, visit the American Cancer Society Web site or call (800) 227-2345.

For information about this article, contact charlotte.hofer@cancer.org.