Help for kids with Childhood Cancer

Childhood Cancer Nutrition and Prevention

Malnutrition in Cancer Patients

The statistic is shocking: Malnutrition kills 40 percent of cancer patients! Severe malnutrition and weight loss play a significant role in many cancer deaths. Yet nutrition too often is an afterthought until the patient is already in trouble.

About half of all cancer patients eventually suffer serious weight loss and malnutrition, a wasting syndrome called cachexia where they don't just lose excess fat but vital muscle. A healthy person's body adjusts when it doesn't get enough calories, slowing metabolism to conserve nutrients. A cancer patient's body doesn't make that adjustment; metabolism even may speed up.

Children face many of the demands while undergoing cancer treatments.  One is eating and staying healthy.  They are required to eat healthy in order to receive the nutrients that is needed to fuel the body and heal all while maintaining a healthy weight.  Children are in the developing process. A child receiving treatment may need increased calorie and protein needs due to the raised metabolic rate and to assist in promoting proper bone growth.   

Nevaeh's Kidz Conquering Cancer is dedication to helping families understand the importance of good nutrition for the child battling cancer, and to help them meet the special nutritional challenges will arise during the treatment due to the side-effects of Chemotherapy and Radiation.  A cancer patients eating habits  and the nutritional needs will change in the way the body uses these nutrients depending on the type of cancer. 

Cancer Fighting Nutrients

Cancer is a systemic disease with various causes, some of which include a poor diet, toxin exposure, nutrient deficiencies and to some extent genetics. One extremely important way to prevent and/or treat cancer is nutritionally, through eating a nutrient-dense diet and avoiding things that are known to increase cancer risk.

Fruits and berries

The key is consuming plenty of cancer-fighting foods with antioxidants and natural anti-inflammatory phytonutrients. This means avoiding packaged and processed foods and focusing on only those that do not contain antibiotics, chemicals or toxins.

Foods rich in the following are excellent cancer-fighting foods:

  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin K
  • Potassium
  • Folate
  • Fibre
  • Magnesium