Stage 4 Mesothelioma - Diagnosed More Often Than Not
Thousands of people each year are diagnosed with mesothelioma. This rare form of cancer is particularly devastating because most victims have presented symptoms of the disease for decades but they were misdiagnosed as common cold or flu-like ailments. As with any cancer, early detection is the key to surviving the longest and misdiagnosis usually means most patients are diagnosed in a late stage of the cancer. Nutrition will play a big role in nourishing your body to help maintain a strong immune system.
In this month’s blogs you will find nutrition tips for the three main therapies for mesothelioma: chemotherapy, radiation and surgery. You will also learn how fats, carbohydrates, proteins and more can help you build up your immune system when consumed in proper proportions. You will also learn food and safety guidelines you should follow during treatment and nutrition tips for patients with advanced cancer.
Nutrition is an important part of a mesothelioma cancer treatment. Eating well during treatments will help you regain your strength, keep up your weight, decrease your risk of infection, heal and recover more quickly, better tolerate the side effects of treatment and generally make you feel better. This month’s blogs will focus on topics to help you embrace nutrition as a weapon in your defense against the cancer.
As with any diet, consult your physician to make sure you are following the best nutrition plan for your particular mesothelioma diagnosis and mesothelioma treatment. Make sure your caregivers are aware of the optimal nutrition plan for you as well.
Stage 4 mesothelioma is diagnosed more often than not because the mesothelioma symptoms can hide under the guise of symptoms of other common ailments for decades. Once the cancer has done extreme damage to organs and surrounding tissues, doctors finally realize that something more serious is taking place.
Once a patient is correctly diagnosed with malignant pleural mesothelioma or another form of mesothelioma cancer, chances are it is stage 4 mesothelioma. Medical experts will recommend some form of treatment that may involve chemotherapy, radiation or surgery. Now, not only is the cancer breaking down your health, but so are the selected therapies that will be used to assist in prolonging your life. What is there left for a patient to fight with against the cancer? Diet and nutrition.
After a mesothelioma diagnosis, it’s tempting to believe that there are some dietary supplements that will help fight the disease. There is good evidence that a proper diet can aid in giving the body energy and helping it heal. There is also proof that some dietary supplements can assist with the same things. A balanced diet of fats, proteins and carbohydrates is a good start.
Some therapies will prevent patients from having a healthy appetite during stage 4 mesothelioma. It is at this time you should consider using supplements to help your daily dietary requirements be met. Make sure to talk to your doctor about any supplements you take or plan to take while undergoing cancer treatment to be sure they do not interfere with other medicines.