Chronobiology |Timing matters for melatonin & chemotherapy

By | November 15th, 2016|chemotherapy, Lifestyle Medicine, Research|

We’ve seen in previous blog posts that melatonin can have anti-cancer effects. But when should we give melatonin? Should it just be at night or can we give it during the day? Does timing matter? If so, should we consider the timing of other treatments too? […]

Melatonin for palliative care | Melatonin & cancer

By | October 25th, 2016|Breast cancer, chemotherapy, colon cancer, Immune system, prostate cancer, Research, Sleep|

Melatonin is seen to have anti-cancer effects, as we saw in last week’s blog post.  In addition to those benefits, it may also have other effects which could be useful in palliative care of cancer patients, when there are no other treatment options.  […]

Twelve strategies for dealing with nausea and vomiting

By | July 5th, 2016|chemotherapy, Food|

Two friends of mine are each helping relatives with breast cancer and they recently asked me what I’d suggest to reduce nausea and vomiting. These side effects frequently make patients stop eating, and can make life miserable. There are lots of strategies that can help, so let’s check out a few of them. These same strategies can also be helpful with motion sickness and pregnancy-related nausea. […]

One pot rainbow meal| Foodie Friday

By | July 1st, 2016|chemotherapy, Dinner, Food, Foodie Friday, Lunch, prostate cancer|

This easy, tasty, one pot dish has both veggie and meat options, so will delight anyone. A rainbow of colors goes into the dish, and a full spectrum of nutritional benefits comes out, including anti-cancer effects from cruciferous vegetables.  […]

Tests to help with treatment decisions| Breast cancer

By | June 21st, 2016|Breast cancer, chemotherapy|

When you’ve just received a diagnosis of breast cancer, you are faced with many different treatment options. Your mind is in a whirl with fear, confusion, and disbelief. While none of these feelings help decision making, there are some tests that can help: Oncotype DX and Mammaprint.  […]

Food presentation | How to eat during chemo

By | June 14th, 2016|chemotherapy, Food|

Food presentation is the art of arranging and garnishing food so it looks more appealing.  The way the food looks on the plate is what tempts our eyes and makes us want to taste it. Thus food presentation is particularly important when someone is having difficulty eating due to illness or treatment. Spending just a short time on this can really make a difference. […]

Food Hygiene and Safety | How to eat during chemo

By | June 7th, 2016|chemotherapy, Food|

If your immune system has been weakened by your cancer treatment, you might need to take extra precautions with food hygiene and safety. Take a look at what you can do to protect yourself. […]

Strategies for meal times | How to eat during chemo

By | May 31st, 2016|chemotherapy, Food|

What’s the one taste that chemo can’t change? Find out, along with five easy strategies to make meal times more enjoyable when you are struggling to eat because of chemotherapy or other treatments.  […]

Changes in food taste | How to eat during chemo

By | May 29th, 2016|chemotherapy, Food, Lifestyle Medicine|

A relatively common side effect of chemotherapy is changes in food taste: The sweet, salty, sour, and bitter flavors you are used to just don’t taste the same. The name for this is Dysgeusia. What, if anything, can be done to help with this?  […]

Food temperature | How to eat during chemo

By | May 24th, 2016|chemotherapy, Food|

Ruth: When you are going through chemo and your eating habits are changed, it might help to consider the effects of the food’s temperature. […]

Importance of food texture | How to eat during chemo

By | May 22nd, 2016|chemotherapy, Food|

Ruth: Today let’s focus on the texture of the food we eat, and how that texture can help when chemotherapy is affecting our eating. […]

What and how to eat during chemotherapy

By | May 17th, 2016|chemotherapy, Food, Lifestyle Medicine|

Ruth: In this series of blog posts, we will look at eating during chemotherapy from two aspects. Firstly, we’ll look at natural strategies to use when side effects of chemotherapy affect your eating – the “how to eat” part. Secondly, we’ll look at what foods are good to eat during chemo to optimize your health at this time, regardless of whether your treatment is affecting your eating – the “what to eat” part. […]

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