Cooking for a Mesothelioma Patient
Eating can be difficult for a mesothelioma patient. Nausea, pain in the throat, loss of appetite, and difficulty swallowing can make it difficult to get the nutrition patients need to stay strong during mesothelioma treatment. Here are a few cooking tips that can help mesothelioma patients maintain a healthier diet.
Soft Foods Diet for Mesothelioma Patients
As a result of radiation to the chest, mesothelioma and lung cancer patients can encounter esophageal problems that make it difficult or painful to swallow. If this is the case, it’s a good idea to stock a variety of soft foods that will be less irritating to the throat—thicker liquids like milkshakes or thick soups are especially soothing. On that note, avoid foods that are rough or have sharp edges, such as pretzels or crackers or raw vegetables or fruits. Instead, steam vegetables to make them soft. It’s also wise to avoid foods that are spicy, tart, or acidic, including tomato products. Serving foods at room temperature can help with nausea.
Because so many mesothelioma patients struggle with weight loss, it’s important to focus on foods that are calorically dense. High-protein foods are also important because they can help with healing. If a patient is about to begin chemotherapy, there is a good chance that his or her appetite will be adversely affected by treatment. In such cases, it’s wise for a patient to “load up” on food and calories in an effort to mitigate potential malnutrition and weight loss.
More Information on Mesothelioma Cancer Diet
For a variety of tips and delicious recipes, cancer patients and the people who cook for them can turn to a new cookbook published by the American Cancer Society called What to Eat During Cancer Treatment. The book is categorized by symptom, so readers can get detailed advice for their specific issues.