Nutrition Improves Cancer Outcomes : Healthy Eating No Matter What

Cancer is just one of those words…it strikes fear and dismay in most who hear of it. The reality is that either us, or someone we know will develop cancer at some time in our lives, this is a devastatingly hard fact to face. If someone is diagnosed with cancer, their thoughts usually turn to prognosis and treatment plans, will they need surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy, and how will these practices effect their quality of life? It stands to reason then that nutrition isn’t the first thing that springs to mind when one is sadly diagnosed with cancer…but more and more evidence is suggesting that it should be!

Proper nutrition can improve a persons response to treatment as well as minimise their negative side effects. Quality of life and mental stability can also be maintained if nutrition is kept in check. Any treatments a patient undergoes may drastically increase nutritional requirements, particularly protein. If nutrition is inadequate patients are at high risk of losing total weight and lean mass, as well as reduced immune response increasing their risk of infection.

A protein that is rich in protein, complex carbs and vitamins and minerals is optimal, and quite often, there is a place for nutritionally balanced supplements for their concentrated nutritional value.

References

Stokowski, L, A. (2013). Medscape. Food to fight cancer. Retrieved 28th November, 2013, from http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/814581

About the Author

Job Role Qualified Dietitian and Sports Nutritionist Qualifications BSc (Hons) Sports Science | BSc (Hons) Dietetics Tom has always participated in sport both recreationally and competitively which led to an unquenchable thirst for information on anything health, nutrition and fitness. After leaving school Tom went on to play for a football academy during which time he studied Sport and Exercise Science. From here he went on to study a BSc (Hons) Sport Science at UEA followed by his second BSc (Hons) degree, this time at the University of Hertfordshire studying Dietetics. Tom has worked in the fitness, educational and clinical nutrition industry starting out at David Lloyd Health and Leisure Clubs. He then went on to work as a Dietitian (RD) in the NHS, during which time he conducted clinics for healthy eating, weight loss and weight gain, as well as specialised consultations on Diabetes, IBS and Coeliac disease to name a few. He has vast amounts of experience at devising diet plans and supplement regimens, as well as working in the community with schools and competitive athletes. As Head Nutritionist and Supplement expert at Discount Supplements Tom is here to provide current and evidence based health and nutrition information to help you reach your health and fitness goals!
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