I have learned so much over the past few weeks about the treatment of cancer…specifically breast cancer.
There are so many drugs, treatments, and surgeries that can be used in the modern medical arsenal in this life and death struggle
We have received loads of paperwork describing the symptoms to expect with the varies methods of treatment. We have received an equal number of paperwork describing how each treatment effects the body. And even more on how to cope with them.
I have read every single word on every single line on each page of information.
What I have found completely shocking is the lack of reference to good nutrition before, during, and after cancer treatment.
Actually there had not been one word…NOT ONE!
How is that even possible?
The link between what goes in our mouths and the health of our bodies is very clear. Study after study shows that basically ‘you are what your eat’.
Yet in the fight for her life not one single doctor, nurse practitioner, RN, or CNA has even mentioned diet or nutrition.
I asked the very nice nurse in charge of her ‘chemo training’ about getting some information on nutrition. And note that this is a fairly large dedicated cancer center my mom is being treated at, full of different oncologists, chemo treatment rooms, labs, radiation treatment rooms, and such.
Here is the conversation I had with her….
Do you have any hand-outs on what to eat during chemo to help keep her healthy and her immune system up?
Yes, one covering nutrition.
Ummm…we don’t have anything like that.
You have hand-outs covering everything else including how to buy a wig but you don’t have anything on nutrition?
But there is a dietitian over at the hospital that you could possibly see.
Does she specialize in treating cancer patients.
Well no, she mostly sees heart and diabetic patients.
Me looking astonished.
To be honest we usually tell cancer patients to eat whatever sounds good.
Even if its McDonalds Big Mac and fries?
Me sitting there dumbfounded and speechless
I did not expect diet to be a big part of her treatment.
But to completely ignore the effects of diet on a sick patient seems utterly inconceivable to me. It is short-sighted and ignorant in my personal opinion.
So I have been devouring every book I can get my hands on, reading website after website on the subject of diet on disease, especially cancer.
I will be back next week to let you know what I have learned.
And be assured I firmly believe that diet does indeed play an important part in treatment of disease…cancer included.
Even if the medical establishment in our town chooses to think otherwise.