ARTICLES / General /
Tackling Cancer & Weight Loss/
By Hilary Wright, Staff Writer
Rest after eating. Activity can slow
digestion and may cause discomfort.
Food smells cause nausea. Keep a person
with cancer out of the kitchen while meals
are prepared; even have them leave the
house, if possible. Cold foods tend to have
fewer odors, so try serving more dairy
products, chicken or tuna salad sandwiches,
cold soups and cool desserts with fruit.
Change of Taste and Smell
Some therapies and treatments can change the way
food tastes and smells. Here are some tips that may
help alleviate these symptoms:
Serve food cold or at room temperature to
decrease its smell and taste.
Choose foods that provide texture and crunch
to help give a real sense of eating that is not
provided by soft, bland foods.
Use seasonings and condiments such as salt,
lemon juice, catsup, pickles and olives that
donít rely on smell to enhance food.
Avoid the area where food is being prepared,
as odors may increase the chance for nausea.
Eat several small meals during the day
rather than three large ones.
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 swallow.
Try soft, cold foods such as ice cream, frozen
fruit-juice bars, watermelon and grapes. They may
feel and taste better than other foods.
Drink through a straw to make swallowing easier.
Avoid using spices.
Avoid carbonated beverages and highly acidic foods,
like citrus juices and tomatoes.
Try fruit juices such as apple and nectar instead.
Caregivers have an opportunity to play an active
role in helping people with cancer. By understanding
the importance of nutrition in the treatment of
cancer, and applying useful strategies and tips,
caregivers can help people with cancer regain weight
and reclaim quality of life.