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Cancer and Nutrition
What Every Caregiver Should Know
by Hillary Wright, Staff Writer
Soothing Mouths and Throats
Some treatments can make mouths and
throats uncomfortable, dry and sore. Here are some tips
that may help to eliminate some of these problems:
Try moist and liquid foods such as
soups and stews. They may be easier to chew and
Try soft, cold foods such as
ice cream, frozen fruit-juice bars, watermelon and
grapes. They may feel and taste better than other
Drink through a straw to make
Avoid using spices.
Avoid carbonated beverages and
highly acidic foods, like citrus juices and
Try fruit juices such as apple and
If diarrhea is a problem, these suggestions may help to
prevent, or at the very least, lessen the severity:
Try eating small meals frequently
rather than two or three large meals each day and
donít skip meals.
Avoid greasy, fatty and fried foods.
If dairy products cause
problems, try decreasing the amount that a person
with cancer eats or drinks at one time.
Possibly eliminate items from the
diet temporarily if they are causing too many
problems. Drink plenty of liquids to counter fluid
It is a good idea to keep an oral
electrolyte solution on hand at home to help replace
water and minerals lost during diarrhea.
Talk with a doctor if diarrhea
occurs more than twice daily.
If blood is noticed in the stool, be
sure to tell the doctor immediately.
Gas may cause cramping, bloating and pain. To help
prevent it, try these tips:
Avoid carbonated beverages, chewing
gum, highly spiced foods and too many sweets.
Donít talk and chew at the same
time. This can cause air to be swallowed, which then
Eat only peeled, cooked fruits and
vegetables that donít have seeds. Strain the seeds
out of tomatoes.
Avoid beans, corn (including
popcorn) and nuts.
Vegetables in the cabbage and onion
families - including broccoli and garlic - also may