How a Nutritionist Helps You with Cancer Recovery

Health & Wellness
Reading Time: 3 mins
Publication Date: 07/25/2012
Fact Checked
Our fact-checking process begins with a thorough review of all sources to ensure they are high quality. Then we cross-check the facts with original medical or scientific reports published by those sources, or we validate the facts with reputable news organizations, medical and scientific experts and other health experts. Each page includes all sources for full transparency.
Reviewed

Asbestos.com is the nation’s most trusted mesothelioma resource

The Mesothelioma Center at Asbestos.com has provided patients and their loved ones the most updated and reliable information on mesothelioma and asbestos exposure since 2006.

Our team of Patient Advocates includes a medical doctor, a registered nurse, health services administrators, veterans, VA-accredited Claims Agents, an oncology patient navigator and hospice care expert. Their combined expertise means we help any mesothelioma patient or loved one through every step of their cancer journey.

More than 30 contributors, including mesothelioma doctors, survivors, health care professionals and other experts, have peer-reviewed our website and written unique research-driven articles to ensure you get the highest-quality medical and health information.

About The Mesothelioma Center at Asbestos.com

  • Assisting mesothelioma patients and their loved ones since 2006.
  • Helps more than 50% of mesothelioma patients diagnosed annually in the U.S.
  • A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau.
  • 5-star reviewed mesothelioma and support organization.
Learn More About Us

Testimonials

"My family has only the highest compliment for the assistance and support that we received from The Mesothelioma Center. This is a staff of compassionate and knowledgeable individuals who respect what your family is experiencing and who go the extra mile to make an unfortunate diagnosis less stressful. Information and assistance were provided by The Mesothelioma Center at no cost to our family."
Lashawn
Mesothelioma patient’s daughter
  • Google Review Rating
  • BBB Review Rating

How to Cite Asbestos.com’s Article

APA

Franz, F. (2020, October 16). How a Nutritionist Helps You with Cancer Recovery. Asbestos.com. Retrieved February 8, 2023, from https://www.asbestos.com/blog/2012/07/25/nutritionist-helps-cancer-recovery/

MLA

Franz, Faith. "How a Nutritionist Helps You with Cancer Recovery." Asbestos.com, 16 Oct 2020, https://www.asbestos.com/blog/2012/07/25/nutritionist-helps-cancer-recovery/.

Chicago

Franz, Faith. "How a Nutritionist Helps You with Cancer Recovery." Asbestos.com. Last modified October 16, 2020. https://www.asbestos.com/blog/2012/07/25/nutritionist-helps-cancer-recovery/.

During mesothelioma treatment, you may see a number of different specialists. Oncologists, radiation therapists, pulmonologists . . . each of these doctors play a vital role in your recovery. Slightly less obvious, though, is the nutritionist.

But they don’t have to go overlooked. Many hospitals and cancer centers actually have a nutritionist on staff.

Multidisciplinary systems understand that as your body works overtime to get rid of mesothelioma cells, how you fuel your body becomes especially important. Oncological nutritionists can help you understand how to optimally fuel your body to fight off the cancer cells, how to use nutrition to improve your response to therapy and even how to make food choices that can help you manage your symptoms.

Nutritionists can help you figure out the right macronutrient balance for your body. They can help you create a goal of how many calories and grams of protein, carbohydrates and fat to eat each day. They will take into account individualized factors such as your age, gender, activity level and weight goals. To take the guess work out of eating, they can also create a customized meal plan that accurately reflects your needs.

A nutritionist also can help you cope with nausea, vomiting, mouth sores or digestive distress by adjusting what you eat. You may want to keep a food journal to determine which foods are making your symptoms worse.

By using a process of elimination, you can help identify which foods to cut out of your diet until the side effects pass and identify which foods help reverse these adverse conditions.

Person reading nutrition labels

What You Might Want to Ask Your Nutritionist

Each patient will have different concerns to discuss with their nutritionists. Before your first appointment (or between appointments), write down any question that pop into your brain.

Below are some general topics to think about:

  • I’m losing weight from chemotherapy/radiation therapy. Should I increase my calories?
  • I’m not as active as I used to be. Do I need to change the way that I fuel my body?
  • My appetite is missing. Do I need to look into meal replacements or supplements?
  • Will I need extra protein to avoid muscle deterioration?
  • I’m experiencing side effects from treatment. What food should I avoid until the side effects go away, and what foods can I use to soothe them?
  • What vitamins can make my immune system stronger against mesothelioma? What foods are the best sources of them?
  • I’ve heard a lot about juicing. Is this something that could benefit me?

Your needs may change over the course of treatment. Feel free to bring up any new conditions or questions with your nutritionist, and be sure to get their approval before making any changes to your diet!

paper with magnifying glass
Free Mesothelioma Resources
Get Access to Free Resources for Patients & Loved Ones