NCCN Guidelines for Patients® | Caring for Adolescents and Young Adults - page 63

NCCN Guidelines for Patients
: Caring for Adolescents and Young Adults
Version 2013
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If you—or someone who wants to cook for you!—needs help in planning
some treatment-friendly menus, check out Rebecca Katz’s
The Cancer-
Fighting Kitchen: Nourishing, Big-Flavor Recipes for Cancer Treatment
and Recovery
. (Berkeley, CA: Celestial Arts, 2009.) It’s filled with tips
and recipes designed specifically for people dealing with the side effects
of cancer treatment.
The American Cancer Society’s “Eat Healthy” Web page (
org/healthy/eathealthygetactive/eathealthy/index) also offers a range of
healthy eating resources, including recipes and shopping lists.
Cooking tips
alcohol, or no alcohol at all. Regular drinking of alcohol has been clearly shown
to increase the risk for cancers of the breast, esophagus, stomach, colon,
rectum, liver, pancreas, lung, bladder, and kidney. Increased cancer risks have
been observed for all types of alcoholic beverages, including wine.
Keep moving
Staying physically active is one of the most effective ways to fend off treatment-
related fatigue, and exercise can also help boost a finicky appetite and help
you sleep better at night. And you don’t need to be a tri-athlete to enjoy the
benefits of exercise. Even a short walk can go a long way toward making you
feel better.
Pay attention to your body. When your energy level is good, take advantage
and do some activity you already enjoy. Ask your treatment team whether
there are any exercise programs available through the hospital or center where
you are receiving treatment. Many large cancer centers offer yoga and other
exercise programs designed specifically for patients being treated for cancer.
GI tract:
The group of
organs that food passes
through when you eat
Side effect:
An unplanned
physical or emotional
response to treatment
Systemic therapy:
Treatment to destroy
cancer cells throughout the
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