- Question from Breeze: Where can I find great recipes for a friend who just had breast cancer surgery and is now going through chemo? Our church is taking her meals and they have to be low protein foods. I've been online but cannot find organic, low-protein healthy meals.
- Answers - Rosalind Kleban, L.C.S.W. I'm not exactly sure why it's necessary to have low-protein meals. The diet recommended for people undergoing treatments and for life in general is low-fat, high-fiber. Recipes and directions for that are readily available on the Internet. There are many cookbooks available featuring healthy eating for people with cancer. The only one I can remember offhand is written by a cancer survivor named Ruth Spear, but I'm sure the Internet is loaded with appropriate food plans. The important ingredient in how to eat after a cancer diagnosis is low-fat.
I can recommend a couple of web sites: www.cookinglight.com and www.eatingwell.com both have wonderful, low-fat recipes. And also keep in mind that someone on chemotherapy may have very specific cravings, or foods that they don't care for, so ask your friend what her taste buds are like these days.
Editor's Note: For more, see Breastcancer.org's section on Nutrition and Breast Cancer Treatment.
On Wednesday, February 21, 2007, our Ask-the-Expert Online Conference was called Partners, Loved Ones, Caregivers: Taking Care of You. Author Marc Silver and moderator Rosalind Kleban, L.C.S.W. answered your questions about how you can take care of your loved one and yourself during and after breast cancer treatment.
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