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Nutrition During Chemo - What You Need to Know

by Jane Ashley

Nutrition during chemotherapy is a much debated topic — in chat rooms, in groups like, on the internet — plus friends and coworkers giving us advice. Go vegan, sugar feeds cancer, don’t eat meat or drink veggie smoothies. It’s no wonder that patients are confused about what to eat during chemo.

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What’s most important?

According to most experts, unintentional weight loss may lead to worse outcomes in patients. When we don’t eat properly, we become malnourished and lose weight.


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Frequent Fruit Consumption Can Boost Your Cancer-Fighting Efforts

by Jackie Edwards

The American Cancer Society urges adults to eat at least 5 servings of fruit and vegetables a day to help reduce their cancer risk and with good reason. We have known for countless years that fruit and vegetables form a vital part of any healthy diet. In recent years, however, it has become increasingly evident that fruit, in particular, can be of great benefit to cancer patients. 

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Not only can the regular consumption of certain fruits reduce the risk of developing cancer, but it can...

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Tips to Avoid Weight Loss During Chemo or After Surgery

by Jane Ashley

Loss of appetite (due to nausea, fatigue, mouth sores, difficulty in swallowing or taste changes) leads to unintentional weight loss during chemo. Unless your oncology team has recommended that you lose weight, it’s best to maintain your weight and muscle mass during treatment.

Losing Weight During Chemo Or After Surgery

Be sure to tell your oncologist about these symptoms and their impact on your appetite.

• Nausea/vomiting . Your oncologist team wants to help you avoid nausea, but they can’t help you if you don’t tell them....

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Why I Finally Got a Feeding Tube

by Laura Compston

Editor's note: Today's Blog Post is from "LCompston", she is a two-time survivor of head and neck cancer, that covers over 32 years. She has persevered all of the treatments, the side effects, and everything that cancer has thrown at her over the majority of her life, and she is still happy to be here to tell us about it. Today, she describes what it's like to live with a feeding tube. 

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I resisted getting a feeding tube for as long as I could. I knew I’d have to use one eventually,...

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Managing Nausea From Cancer Treatments-A Complete Guide

by Ann Ogden

Editor's note: Cancer survivor Ann Ogden Gaffney knows more than most the effect a cancer diagnosis can have on your life. Ann was working as a fashion designer when she was diagnosed with stage II kidney cancer. She had surgery and went on with her life. An unrelated triple-negative breast cancer diagnosis in early 2005 changed everything, as she had to take time off to go through treatment. 

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A lifelong foodie, Ann found that cooking offered comfort and a sense of control during her...

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4 Ways to Regain Muscle Mass After Cancer

by Brian English

Muscle loss as the result of cancer treatment can make a serious dent in your quality of life. Most patients will have to endure the extreme fatigue associated with muscle loss. But it doesn’t just keep you from returning to your daily routine – it sneaks up on you.

4 Ways To Regain Muscle Mass After Cancer

WhatNext Community Manager, GregP_WN remembers trying to split wood like he did before his treatment, and only being able to get through six logs. “My mind said, ‘Sure you can do it,’ but my body said, ‘waaaiiiit a minute,’...

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Grilled Marinated Artichokes - Healthy Eating for Life

by GregP_WN

Healthy eating and good nutrition are a big part of fighting cancer. Our Recipe of the Week is from WhatNexter Pam Braun, take a look at her Grilled Marinated Artichokes.

The little artichoke is an antioxidant giant! One of the highest ranked foods in antioxidants per serving.

Grilled Marinated Artichokes

3 large artichokes or 6 baby artichokes, trimmed and cleaned
cup balsamic vinegar
cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 large clove garlic, minced
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
Juice of 1 lemon
teaspoon salt

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10 Healthy Snacks That Are Quick and Easy

by GregP_WN

Between chemo and cancer itself, it’s not uncommon to feel run down. And when chemo has you so nauseous or makes everything taste like sawdust, eating just doesn’t seem appealing—let alone eating healthy.

10 Quick And Easy Healthy Snacks

But never fear! We’ve come up with a list of healthy snacks to save the day! These snacks will help you satisfy hunger when it finally strikes. And we promise these delicious snacks won’t make you feel like you’re sacrificing flavor in order to eat healthy!

1. Cooked Eggs— None of that raw...

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Cooking For Life! - Gingery Sweet Potato Soup

by GregP_WN

Our Recipe of the Week is from WhatNexter Ann Ogden from Cook For Your Life. It's a Gingery Sweet Potato Soup that looks and sounds great! Perfect for Fall!

Gingery Sweet Potato Soup

This yummy soup proves that eating well doesn't have to be difficult or dull. Although this soup tastes like the perfect comfort food, it is actually a lovely, warming way to get great nutrition onto your plate in a hurry. It is rich in vitamins A, B6, & C and bursting with antioxidants thanks to the tomatoes and turmeric, plus...

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From Cooking For Fun to Cooking For Life - A Life Changing Event

by Ann Ogden

Our WhatNexter of the Week is Ann Ogden, she is a survivor of both breast cancer and kidney cancer. She describes how she went from the fast and furious world of fashion to cooking for fun and ultimately, Cooking For Your Life.

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If you’d told me ten years ago if I’d be a leader in the world of culinary medical initiatives, collaborating on programs with Columbia University, backed by data and studies funded by the NIH, I would have asked you what you were smoking. And yet, that is...

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