Pleural mesothelioma is a rare cancer and the primary cause is asbestos exposure. The cancer develops in the mesothelium, which is the thin layer of tissue that lines and protects the chest cavity and other organs as well. While other types of mesothelioma may result from asbestos exposure, pleural mesothelioma is the most common, making up approximately 75 percent of all mesothelioma cases. Although mesothelioma is considered to be a rare cancer, between 2,000 and 3,000 people are diagnosed in the United Stated each year.
Cancer and cancer treatments tend to cause nutrition-related side effects, making maintaining a healthy diet very difficult for pleural mesothelioma patients. Now more than ever it’s important to make sure you are getting the nutrition, vitamins, and minerals you need to stay strong. We realize that sometimes during cancer treatment, eating anything is tough – so here are a few pointers to help make every bite count and guide you to a healthy, well-balanced diet that is easy on your stomach.
Stay hydrated: Getting enough fluids is a key part of any health diet. If you are receiving chemotherapy it is best to get 8-10 glasses a day as many symptoms associated with pleural mesothelioma and its treatment actually result from dehydration.
Protein is a must: Protein and calorie-dense foods are essential to sustaining energy, fighting infection and healing from cancer therapy. Protein is especially important because it helps you heal faster. Getting protein from natural food sources is recommended but if none of those is working for you, try adding natural protein powders – such as non isolated whey, rice or pea protein to your diet. There is no single diet for people affected by cancer. It all will depend on you, the type and progression of your cancer, the treatment you are receiving, and what you want to eat and achieve. Scheduling an appointment with a nutritionist is a wonderful way to help you work out the best plan specifically for you.
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