Nutrition

Nutrition plays a huge role in our bodies ability to fight cancerous cells, maintain the strength to endure treatments, and to rebuild healthy cells, tissue, and overall wellbeing. 

Included below are a few of the most helpful nutritional resources out there, to get you started. 


'Anticancer' Buy this book.

Author David Servan-Schreiber, M.D., Ph.D, was a clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and cofounder of the Centre for Integrative Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Centre. He lectured at leading international academic centers, including Stanford, Columbia, Cornell and Cambridge Universities. 'Anticancer' has sold over 1 million+ copies worldwide. 

Why is this book so impactful? It's one of the first books that we've seen that not only combines science with case studies and real life examples, but with practical, daily use. There is an entire section that shows you what an anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory diet looks like and how to do it. What foods help with what cancer, what foods to eat more of what foods to stay away from. The book truly shows the power of food and diet to aid in ones cancer journey. It references patients who were able to greatly outlive their prognosis by changing their diet in conjuncture with treatments. Highly encourage you to pick up a copy and turn to the middle section of the book (colored pages) for step by step guides. 

Dr. Servan-Schrieber passed away in 2011 after an extremely courageous 20-year battle with cancer but we are greatly for his courageous efforts. 

'About Herbs' App & Website from Sloan Kettering

One of the most amazing resources we found. Sloan Kettering's iPhone and iPad app, 'About Herbs." If you are like us, you know supplements and herbs can play an important role in health - we've all heard that green tea is good for you. But why? Where's the science behind it? 

The About Herbs app is a database of thousands of supplements, herbs (like green tea, curcumin, turmeric, cannabis, ginger, etc). It allows you to quickly search for a particular herb or easily browse the full database. Not only does it provide a quick overview of why each herb is important but it also provides you links to read the studies that were conducted by major medical institutions across the country. It gives you the importance both practically and medically. 

Supplements can play a huge role in your cancer care, overall health and recovery. We highly encourage you to download the app and visit the online database. It's got great stuff and very important. 

Note: Many oncologists may be unwilling to speak at length about supplements. The 'About Herbs' app allows you to conduct your own research so you can ask informed questions and be proactive on your own. 

Understanding Cachexia & It's Importance. 

Caution: this will be one of our tougher sections to read but it is extremely important. CQ recommends a caregiver reading.

While there has been great progress in understanding the underlying biological mechanisms of cachexia, health care providers must also recognize the psychosocial and biomedical impact cachexia can have.
— Journal of Gastroenterology Publication

What is cachexia? Cachexia is the bodies overall comprehensive weakening due to cancer and cancer treatments. According to a report from the Journal of Gastroenterology, published through the NCBI, about half of all cancer patients show a syndrome of cachexia, characterized by anorexia, loss of body adipose tissue, and skeletal muscle mass. Cachexia can have a profound impact on quality of life, symptom burden, and a patient's sense of dignity. It is a very serious condition, as weight loss during cancer treatment is associated with more chemotherapy related side effects, fewer completed cycles of chemotherapy and decreased survival rates. 

We include two helpful, although challenging to read, resources below. Again, if you have a friend, family member, or caregiver on your team who has a medical background and can help you make sense of the text we recommend them reading. 

By understanding cachexia and the role it can play, you can prepare more, be proactive, and do all that you can to prevent certain side effects. Not to mention, discuss with your doctors from the onset. 

cancer cachexia and management - published by the journal of gastroenterology (technical report including Abstract)

nutrition in cancer care - published by the national cancer institute (good overview)

Anti-Inflammatory Food & Cancer: Why Your Diet Is Important.

Here we include a brief overview from MD Anderson on the role an anti-inflammatory diet can play in reducing your risk of cancer and also aiding in your current fight with cancer - whether just diagnosed, undergoing treatments, or in remission. The summary: anti-inflammatory foods can reduce chronic inflammation (which many believe can lead to cancer) and lower your cancer risks. These foods can also help you avoid diabetes, heart disease, and Alzheimer's. 

Note: Also check out MD Anderson's "Bites" section on the left hand toolbar for more information. 

Additional CQ Resources - Reincluded Below;

1) "The Cancer Fighting Kitchen" book. 

Very important cook book that includes simple recipes, when do make certain recipes during stages of treatment and what recipes to make to help mitigate side effects. 

Food Services

These services will help you deliver meals, find healthy recipes, and allow your friends and family to schedule meals, order meals online, or add funds to a general food credit bank:

2) The Hippo Kitchen (Only in Texas, but we recommend finding equivalent in your area)

3) Take Them A Meal


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