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Improve Nutrition For Home Care Clients During Cancer Treatments

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Help someone better manage cancer treatments with these dietary tips.

A proper diet is crucial for everyone, but even more so for persons going through cancer treatments. Proper nutrition can help home care clients with cancer gain the strength needed for chemotherapy treatments, protect against infections, keep body tissue from breaking down, and assist in the rebuilding of body tissue. Proper nutrition also can help clients handle the side effects of chemotherapy and may even be able to assist them in being able to handle higher doses of certain drugs.

Nutrition recommendations for those with cancer may include eating additional higher calorie, higher protein foods than clients would normally. For example, the physician may suggest consuming more foods like milk, cheese, and eggs. Other possibilities are the use of more sauces and gravies with meals, or cooking with more butter, margarine, or oil. Additionally, the doctor might recommend that clients with cancer eat less of certain high-fiber foods which can intensify problems such as diarrhea or a sore mouth. 

Throughout cancer treatments, home care clients may experience a loss of appetite. If this happens, it is recommended that the client try to eat any easily-digested foods to help meet nutritional needs. 

On cancer treatment days, you can help clients by:

  • Helping them relax if they are feeling sick before treatment. 
  • Working with them to figure out when it’s most comfortable to eat and drink. Some clients may feel better when they eat a little just before treatment. Other clients may prefer not to eat or drink before treatment.
  • Waiting at least one hour after treatment before encouraging eating or drinking. 

Some foods and drinks may be easier to digest during cancer treatments including: 

  • Clear broth
  • Grape juice
  • Baked chicken
  • Crackers
  • Pasta
  • White rice
  • Baked potatoes
  • Bananas
  • Gelatin
  • Yogurt
  • Popsicles 

A proper diet, rich in nutrients, is crucial for clients with cancer. As a Hillendale caregiver, you can help cancer patients plan, shop for, and prepare delicious meals that meet their nutritional needs, and monitor food intake to ensure they are as healthy as possible. Find more tips for caring for persons going through chemotherapy at our Hillendale home care website, or discover how to join Hillendale Homecare’s professional care team, by contacting our CNA and HHA School.