Nutrition Before During and After Cancer

Information on nutritional needs for cancer patients

Meet a Registered Dietitian this year


New Year brings with it a lot of hopes, promises and resolutions, one of those promises that you make should be about watching what and how much you eat.

The daily promises about curative powers of everything from pet ownership to meditation. And various doctors discussing another superfood, it’s easy to see why most of us get confused about what we ought to be eating, taking or doing to optimize our health and when to seek advice from a Registered dietitian to learn the truth rather than listen to fluff.


The National Center for Health Statistics reports that 18 percent of Americans use herbal supplements. That’s more than twice the rate of the next-most-popular complementary medicines, chiropractic and osteopathic manipulation (8.5 percent) and yoga (8.4 percent).In addition, the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health says that 92 percent of Americans believe massage therapy is an effective treatment for reducing pain.

People are highly motivated now to try to stay healthy by taking vitamins, herbs and nutraceuticals, or by seeking out complementary and alternative medical treatments. People need to discuss these with their doctors and dietitian.

Vitamins, herbs and supplements

Traditional medicine, unfortunately, does focus on treating disease. Treating the whole person rather than just the symptoms of illness is becoming more mainstream and even conventional physicians are increasingly likely to discuss the nutraceuticals and wellness therapies patients have already prescribed for themselves.

Personal touch

Registered dietitians provide nutritional counseling, answer food/diet related questions, to become healthy and stay healthy, rather than just looking for Diet when sick.


Game Time Snacks

Chips are a party food staple, but are generally high in calories and low in nutrients. Baking your own apple chips makes for a delicious, crunchy snack that’s great for a crowd, packed with plentiful nutrition, and fat-free.

Baked Apple Chips

There’s more than one benefit to this slightly sweet snack. Apples contain dietary fiber, as well as a variety of flavonoid and triterpenoid phytochemicals, such as quercetin, being studied for their anti-cancer effects. In laboratory studies, quercetin and other flavonoids in apples have slowed the development of cancers of the colon, lung, and breast in several stages of cancer development.

This recipe (below) also calls for a little cinnamon and sugar, creating a wonderful, spiced aroma throughout the house as they bake .

Healthy Halftime Show Stoppers

Toast strips of whole-wheat pita bread to go with dips including light hummus, sundried tomato, and your favorite salsa, or use blue corn tortilla chips. Blue tortilla chips get their color from anthocyanins, which are naturally occurring plant antioxidants that may protect against cancer.

Toasted Pita Bread with Hummus

Baked Apple Chips

  • 4 large apples (any variety)
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 Tbsp. granulated sugar

Slice apples horizontally into very thin rounds, using a sharp knife or mandolin (remove any seeds that do not fall out as you cut). Lay the slices in a single layer on parchment paper, and sprinkle lightly with the cinnamon sugar (combined). Bake at 250°F for 1 hour, flip slices, and bake for an additional hour (2 hours total). Chips will continue to crisp up as they cool.

Tip: Don’t peel your apples! The peel contains a third or more of its phenolic (cancer-fighting) compounds.

Makes 8 servings.

Per serving: 60 calories, 17 g carbohydrate, 3 g dietary fiber, 0 g total fat,

0 g protein, 0 mg sodium

Berry Yogurt Popsicles

Yoghurt Berry Popsicle

Layers of mashed red cherries, blackberries and white Greek yogurt make for a healthier, lower sugar version of store-bought treats. Berries are rich in phytochemicals like anthocyanins and ellagic acid, compounds that counter inflammation and act as antioxidants.

Makes 12 paper cup popsicles.

Per serving: 69 calories, 0 g total fat (0 g saturated fat),

12 g carbohydrate, 5 g protein, 1 g dietary fiber, 18 mg sodium.


  • 1½ cup pitted fresh or frozen cherries
  • 1/2 cup fresh or frozen blackberries
  • 1 Tbsp. honey
  • 24 oz. vanilla Greek yogurt
  • 12 (3 oz.) paper cups and 12 popsicle sticks


In small mixing bowl mash cherries and berries. Drizzle on honey and mix together.

In paper cups, layer alternating spoonfuls of yogurt and fruit until full. Place Popsicle stick or plastic spoon in each cup. Freeze.

When ready to serve, tear paper cup off Popsicle and enjoy.

Pancreatic Cancer and Nutrition

Observe World Pancreatic Cancer Day by wearing 

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PanCan Ribbon

November 13th is the world pancreatic cancer day. Worldwide there are around 280,000 new cases of pancreatic cancer each year and it is the seventh biggest cancer killer.

This cancer is chronically underfunded category for far too long. This is reflected in the dire survival rates between 3 to 6%, which haven’t improved for more than 40 years.

Pancreatic cancer affects the body’s pancreas, a small organ that plays a large role in digestion. Located deep within the abdomen, the pancreas sits between the stomach and the spine.


The pancreas secretes pancreatic fluid into the small intestine, pancreatic fluid helps digest foods that have been consumed. In cooperation with the small intestine’s digestive juices, the pancreatic fluid breaks down proteins, carbohydrates and fats, along with neutralizing the highly acidic stomach acid. The pancreas also releases hormones that help control blood-sugar level.

Maintaining proper nutrition while fighting pancreatic cancer is essential for the overall health and well-being. Proper nutrition helps enhance the immune system, improve strength, rebuild body tissues and decreases risk of developing infections. Even if you do not feel hungry, it is still important to fuel your body with high-calorie and high protein foods throughout the day.


Diet Tips

Since the pancreas is responsible for digesting foods, pancreatic cancer affects the body’s ability to absorb necessary nutrients from food. If nutrient absorption is affected for too long, the body could enter a state of malnutrition.

Pancreatic cancer also affects the organ’s ability to regulate blood-sugar levels, placing the body at a greater risk for developing diabetes.

Chemo Diet

Before your cancer treatment begins, fill your kitchen with healthy foods. Once treatment starts, you might experience unusual fatigue and weakness, making grocery shopping and meal preparation difficult. If necessary, ask friends and family members to help you prepare meals throughout your treatment. Aim to eat several small meals throughout the day with emphasis on Protein, carbohydrates and fat, in that order. If you simply cannot manage to eat many solid foods, use liquid supplements as meal replacement and/or snacks.

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Keep it Natural

Every time you turn around, it seems you hear new advice regarding nutrition and health One day, we’re telling you to eat one thing, and tomorrow, it’s something else, it can often get frustrating to know the right – or wrong – things to eat.

As with any science, nutrition is an ever-changing field as new studies are conducted and technology improves, and thus, new information becomes available. In addition to the evolving nature of nutrition, it is also difficult to decipher reliable sources from unreliable ones.

When it gets overwhelming, the best advice I can give to you is to keep it simple.These are some of the true and tried basics for the average person that will help you stay on track without getting stressed.

Eating naturally refers to eating whole foods that are minimally processed and are able to be eaten in their natural form. By eating mostly whole foods, you are limiting many of the potentially harmful additives or altered ingredients found in many processed foods such as salt, sugar, trans fats and other chemicals.

  • Eating eggs or lean meats that you prepare without a lot of extra ingredients would be a natural source of protein.



  • Fruits and vegetables are also examples of natural foods.

fruits and vegetables

  • Healthy starches that can be considered minimally processed include beans, sweet potatoes, brown rice and quinoa.

Dry beans and peas

  • For natural snack, try nuts, hummus, fruits and vegetables.

Pile of assorted nuts close up

  • Choose dairy products with few additives (i.e. sugar).

Dairy Products

  • Keep your beverages natural. Water being the best which if desired, can be flavored with fruits, like sliced kiwi, lemon, and strawberries.

Flavored water

February 4 is World Cancer Day

World Cancer DayWishing everyone a very healthy and fruitful life

Plan on making at least one change in your life this day:
Give Up:
  • Smoking
  • Reduce intake of alcohol
  • Reduce intake of salt and  saturated fats
  • Reduce fast food/ pre prepared food intake
  • Reduce intake of red meat
  • Stop eating on the run
  • Exercise
  • Eat at least 4-5 fruits/vegetables servings every day
  • Read Food Labels, Know what you are eating
  • Learn to cook
  • Add fish at least 1 day a week to your diet
  • Make 1 day of the week a vegetarian day
  • Pre plan your meals at home, for work and while traveling
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