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    What recipes helped you most during your cancer treatment?

    Asked by RachaelC@StF on Tuesday, February 19, 2013

    What recipes helped you most during your cancer treatment?

    Pink Ribbon Connection is an Indianapolis based organization founded by breast cancer survivors that provides resources and services to those touched by breast cancer, especially the medically underserved. They are asking for recipes for a brand new recipe book that will be added to new patient resource kits. Their goal is 100 recipes.
    Do any of you have easy and delicious recipes that you would like to share? If so, post them here, or message me. Here is a chance to help a fellow cancer-fighter!

    5 Answers from the Community

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    • nancyjac's Avatar

      The thing with eating and cancer is that it changes radically, sometimes from day to day. Even "easy and delicious" can be hard and totally unappetizing when you are in chemo. When I was in chemo the only foods that tasted like they should were cheese and tomatoes. I think the intent here is wonderful, but my personal experience was that while I was in cancer treatment, the last thing I wanted to do was cook and the next to the last thing I wanted to do was eat. And the food I could most tolerate were whole foods (tomato, sliced cheese, plain bread, etc., not multiple foods combined in a recipe. It may have been totally different for other though, and that's another part of the problem, what is delicious to one patient may be totally unpalatable to another. I would also suggest that, unless the group has a registered dietitian familiar with chemo/radiation/nutrients interactions that will be reviewing the recipes, you not describe them as being suitable for cancer patients. Sorry I can't be more helpful.

      over 4 years ago
    • RachaelC@StF's Avatar
      RachaelC@StF Community Outreach Coordinator 317-528-7794

      I can definitely run them by our oncology dietician before I send them off to Pink Ribbon Connection. Good suggestion, thanks Nancyjac.

      over 4 years ago
    • Carol-Charlie's Avatar

      Cooking..... I couldn't stand and cook. My dear Tom did the standing and cooking and understanding and hugging and smiling. Yes and I found him on a street corner... Really we met on a corner in our small town. ANYWAY. NOTHING BUT NOTHING sounded or tasted good at first. Then knowing I had to I thought of my old "morning sickness" stand-by.... French Toast... I salted it quite a bit, but was so warm and comforting. And then.... a week or two of French Toast and we added Campbells Chicken Noodle Soup... with ten crushed saltene crackers soaking up the soup. I know I'm being a smart alec.... but if you've ever been pregant and had morning sickness.... There are things I tried and thought I wanted... but no.... the taste was changed radically. I know I needed water and thus was born my Chrystal Light Pink Lemonaide fettish. 7 years later still drinking. much cheaper than soda. and better tasting than Kool-aid.

      over 4 years ago
    • Sunnysideup's Avatar

      Not really a recipe, but mashed potatoes and gravy is what I craved. In any form, easy to eat, and felt good to my throat, didn't burn. It was a keeper.

      over 4 years ago
    • nancyd49's Avatar

      I didn't have a lot of trouble eating, I just couldn't tolerate anything spicy or greasy, which included most foods. however, my Chemo was during the Holidays, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, Easter... I was able to eat, Just not much of anything. My plate was a bread plate... for some reason, I kept everything down, just on the verge 24/7, so I didn't eat much...didn't loose much weight either, God Is the only one that knows why.

      over 4 years ago

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