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7 Most Healthy Foods To Consume During Chemotherapy

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What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear the word "cancer"? Pain and death, right?

Well, cancer is indeed a deadly disorder that can completely change a person's life once he/she is affected with it.

Unless detected and treated well in the initial stages, cancer is a disease that can surely be fatal and take away a person's life, after making him/her experience all kinds of horrible symptoms!

Cancer is a disorder in which there is an abnormal multiplication of cells in the body, leading to tumorous growths that can destroy the tissues of an organ, ultimately leading to organ failure.

Some of the most common types of cancers that affect people are breast cancer, prostate cancer, colon cancer, melanoma or skin cancer, lung cancer, leukaemia or blood cancer.

Chemotherapy is known to be one of the most effective treatments for cancer, wherein certain powerful drugs are used to cure or control the symptoms of cancer.

Chemotherapy can have numerous side effects, as the drugs administered are very strong.

So, here is a list of foods that can minimize the side effects of chemotherapy, have a look.


1. Carrots

As they are rich in beta-carotene, carrots help build your immune system and keep the more hazardous side effects of chemotherapy at bay.


2. Milk

Milk helps prevent dryness of the mouth, which is a common side effect of chemotherapy, by keeping your salivary glands active.


3. Rice

Foods like rice and bread, which are rich in starch content can help prevent diarrhoea, which is yet another common side effect of chemotherapy.


4. Dry Fruits

Chemotherapy often tends to cause digestive problems in patients, so consuming dry fruits that are rich in omega-3 fatty acids can help reduce digestive ailments.


5. Porridge

Foods that are easy to swallow such as porridge, soups, etc, are ideal for patients undergoing chemotherapy, as they often tend to suffer from mouth ulcers, making it harder to eat!


6. Orange Juice

The vitamin C component in orange juice can help boost the patient's immunity as well as help reduce dryness in the mouth, which the patient suffers from otherwise, by keeping it hydrated.


7. Garlic

Garlic is a superfood that can be extremely beneficial for cancer patients. It is known to fight cancerous cells as well as reverse the damage done to the body by chemotherapy.

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Story first published: Thursday, July 28, 2016, 14:40 [IST]
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