When a cancer patient is diagnosed and he begins treatment, it is important that he be in the best physical condition so that the therapy achieves the desired result.
Unfortunately, a significant number of cancer patients face such a problem as malnutrition.
Malnutrition occurs when a patient is not getting enough nutrients.
Malnutrition is manifested by changes in the structure of the body, including - the mass of muscles and organs decreases, and immunity also deteriorates, wounds heal more slowly, there are no strengths and d.
Most often, malnutrition develops in patients with tumors of the digestive organs (pancreas, esophagus, stomach, and others), and also in patients with lesions of the head and # nbsp; neck (oral cavity, pharynx, etc.) tumors.
Weight loss and reducing the amount of food eaten (if less than ¾ of what was previously eaten during the during the day compared to daily intake) indicates that the food is not accepted; in this situation you have to think about how to increase the number of calories and other nutrients. It is best to entrust a specialist with assessing the sufficiency of the diet. In people with tumors, the metabolism is changed, so the body needs more protein than a healthy person. Even if the same amount of food is eaten as before, you should consider increasing the amount of protein in the diet before you get sick.
Proper nutrition helps to feel better, maintain strength and energy, avoid weight loss and maintain nutrient reserves in the body, better tolerate treatment (there will be fewer side effects), reduce the risk of infections and faster recover.
Proper nutrition means eating a wide variety of foods in order to assimilate the nutrients the body needs to fight tumor.