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Breast Cancer Awareness 2015

Dalton Daily CItizen, Dalton Magazine

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Breast Cancer Awareness 2015 7 For some women chemotherapy may trigger nausea, mouth sores and lack of appetite. If you're going through debilitating side effects eating may be the last thing on your mind. And if you're overweight, you may think your aversion to food is an opportunity to lose weight. Block those thoughts for now. "I hear all the time that women are pleased they're losing weight during treatment. It's not a good mindset," says Lori Magoulas, Ph.D., registered dietitian, Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, New Brunswick. Although it's not uncommon to lose 10 percent of your body weight during this period your goal should be to stay as well nourished as possible. "You want [to eat] things that build muscle. Your muscle mass allows you to do the things you want to do," says Mary-Eve Brown, registered dietitian, clinical dietitian specialist, The Johns Hopkins Hospital Kimmel Cancer Center, Baltimore, Maryland. That's why muscle-building protein, should be high on your list. Brown recommends yogurt, fish, lentils and beans that do double-duty delivering protein, vitamins and minerals. If you're fatigued, liquids may be easier to consume than solids. Try bean soups, fruit smoothies or shakes and vegetable juice. "You get the nourishment of these foods without chewing," Brown says. Your breast cancer treatment could put you at risk for osteoporosis, according to Brown. Make sure your diet includes calcium-rich foods, such as dairy. Hydration during treatment is critical, Brown says. "If you're dry during treatment every thing worse. Nausea is worse. Constipation is worse. Don't get dehydrated," she says. If you don't experience the normal thirst triggers, make a plan for drinking more. You should be getting 1 to 1-1/2 ounces of liquid for every kilogram of body weight (divide your weight by 2.2 to get kilograms) daily, Brown says. And if you're unsure of how to get the nutrients you need, talk to a dietitian specializing in diets for cancer recovery. Once you're in recovery and have the go-ahead from your healthcare team, you can plan a healthful weight- loss diet if appropriate. "We know weight gain increases the risk of breast cancer recurrence," Magoulas says. © CTW Features Eating During Chemotherapy

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