Learn How Senior Care Services Can Help Alleviate Nutritional Deficiencies in Cancer Patients

senior care servicesA healthy diet is important for everyone, but doubly so following a cancer diagnosis. Proper nutrition can help cancer patients gain the strength they need to endure chemotherapy treatments, defend against infections, prevent body tissue from breaking down, and rebuild tissue. Eating well can also help patients cope with any side effects of cancer treatments and may even be able to help them handle higher doses of certain drugs.

The recommendation for optimum nutrition for those with cancer may be to consume more higher calorie, higher protein foods. For example, the doctor may recommend drinking more milk or eating more foods like cheese and cooked eggs. Other suggestions might include increasing the use of sauces and gravies, or changing cooking methods to include more butter, margarine, or oil. Sometimes, nutrition recommendations for cancer patients suggest eating less of certain high-fiber foods which can aggravate problems such as diarrhea or a sore mouth.

However, cancer treatments may result in a lack of appetite for patients. When that is the case, it’s important to try to eat anything that can be easily digested.

On treatment days, patients should:

  • Talk with the nurse to learn about ways to relax if feeling sick before treatment.
  • Learn the best time to eat and drink. Some people feel best if they eat a little immediately before treatment. Others feel better when they have nothing to eat or drink before treatment.
  • After treatment, it’s best to wait at least one hour before eating or drinking.

Some foods and drinks that may be easier on the stomach during cancer treatments include:

  • Clear broth
  • Grape juice
  • Baked chicken without skin
  • Crackers
  • Pasta
  • White rice
  • Baked potatoes
  • Bananas
  • Gelatin
  • Yogurt
  • Popsicles

A healthy diet is vital for a person’s body to work its best. Best Senior Care provides professional senior care services that help cancer patients by planning, shopping for, and preparing healthy meals, as well as monitoring food intake to ensure that nutritional needs are being met. Contact us to find out more about our home care services and how we can help you feel more comfortable throughout your cancer treatments.

About Kevin Meaney

At 85 my dad lived on his own in Florida for nine months of the year, enjoying the warm weather and playing golf several times a week with friends.
Then one day while taking a walk alone, he suddenly got a little light-headed and fell, resulting in a serious head injury and a four week stay in the hospital and rehab.

Suddenly everything changed.
My dad’s condition after the accident made it clear he could no longer live independently, and after some deliberation my wife and I decided to have him come and live with us in New York.

We were both still working at the time, but I had a home office, and so I became my dad’s primary caregiver/companion during the day. Although my dad was easy going and a low-maintenance guy, he did need some help with washing and dressing, meal preparation, medication reminders, trips to the doctor, and socialization. Always a very outgoing guy, I noticed now that without some encouragement/nudging, he would be content to stay home and watch TV all day.

This experience led me to start Best Senior Home Care.
It helped me really appreciate just how challenging and stressful it can be to care for an aging parent at home. This despite the fact I was lucky enough to have a spouse and grown children at home to help, and many siblings nearby only too happy to assist whenever needed.

Clearly not all families are this fortunate! At Best Senior Home Care, our mission is a simple one – help families in need to find reliable, compassionate caregivers to be there for your loved ones when you can’t be there. Over the last five years we have helped many families in the area with in-home care for an aging parent or other relative. Google Verified Author