Nutritional Tips for Chemotherapy
Chemotherapy is a cancer treatment that uses drugs to stop the growth of cancer cells, either by killing the cells or by stopping the cells from dividing. Good nutrition for chemotherapy patients can be affected by poor mouth care, fatique, pain, fever, as well as the many symptoms that can occur during and after chemotherapy treatments. The goal is to know how to overcome these symptoms and maintain an adequate diet after chemotherapy.
Nutritional Tips in Managing Chemotherapy Side Effect can be downloaded here.
Food Safety Guidelines during Cancer Treatment
During cancer treatment, particularly chemotherapy and radiation therapy, patient’s immune system is often compromised, making it more susceptible to food borne illnesses. It is important for patients to observe food safety practices. Food safety practices are basically steps and measures taken during the handling, preparing and storage of food to reduce the risk of food borne illness. This leaflet includes useful tips and guidelines that will help patients and caregivers in preparing food when eating in. It is advisable to select a food that poses lower risk of food borne illness to prevent infections and further complications during cancer treatment.
Eating out is unavoidable at times, the following leaflet provides useful tips and guidelines that will help patients and caregivers in making safe food choices when eating out.
Food Safety Guidelines when Eating In can be downloaded here.
Food Safety Guidelines when Eating Out can be downloaded here.
Nutritional Tips on Texture-Modified Diet
A texture-modified diet is one in which the texture of the food has been changed to allow the food to be safely swallowed. There are different ranges of texture-modified diet, such as; smooth pureed diet, minced diet and soft diet. Selecting the right range of texture will depend on individual restrictions and swallowing abilities. You may move on to the next range of texture-modified foods as and when you are required to. It is advisable for you to consult a dietitian if your medical condition requires you to be on a long-term texture-modified diet.
The following leaflet provides a guide in preparing various textures to suit your requirement.
Nutritional Tips on Texture-Modified Diet can be downloaded here.