Nutrition and cancer are an important factor in both quality of life and in the pathophysiology of cancer.
nutritional strategy helps to improve the overall health and well-being of cancer patients, including those in the traditionally defined palliative care setting (last stage cancer). In fact, when making decisions about nutritional support, one must consider diagnosis, prognosis, current status and symptoms, pathways of disease progression, treatment and possible side effects, patient comfort and peer and social support, socioeconomic status, cultural and religious views, and ethical and legal issues.
Our Dietecian Ms. Heena Walawalkar Plans the nutritional strategy for the patients considering diagnosis, prognosis, current status and symptoms, pathways of disease progression, treatment and possible side effects, patient comfort and peer and social support, socioeconomic status, cultural and religious views, and ethical and legal issues.
this Nutritional strategy is based on
- 1. Ensuring an adequate amount of calories
- 2. Reducing foods and dietary habits that have been specifically linked to modifiable risk factors for cancer reoccurrence
- 3. Creating a diet that minimizes inflammation, insulin resistance, and oxidative stress
- 4. Ensuring an adequate amount of specific nutrients and selective nutritional supplementation linked to cancer prevention/recurrence.
- Nutrition is science of food and its relationship to health. Nutrition is important for healthy life as it play important role in growth, development and maintenance. The way nutrient become integral part of body and contribute to it function depends on physiologic and biochemical process that govern their action. Protein, fats and carbohydrate all contribute to total energy pool, but ultimately energy they yield is all in same form.
- Nutrition plays major roles in many aspects of cancer and development and treatment. Malnutrition is a common problem in cancer patient which recognized as important component of adverse outcomes including increased morbidity and mortality.
- It has been shown in study that at time of diagnosis 80% of patient with upper gastrointestinal cancer and 60% of patient with lung cancer have experience o significant weight loss more than 10 kg.
- Weight loss has been identified as indicator of poor prognosis in cancer patient. Nutrition in cancer not only helps to maintain weight and body nutrition stores, offering relief from nutrition impact symptoms and improves quality of life.
- Improper nutrition leads to under-nutrition, thereby increasing incidence and severity of treatment side effects and increase risk of infection which in turn reduce chance of survival. Nutrition impact symptom are: anorexia, vomiting, nausea, diarrhea, constipation, stomatitis, mucositis, dysphagia, ageusia , depression and anxiety