Lung cancer is a relative common disease in China, the mortality of which has ranked second among all cancers. Then what kind of diet plan is applicable for lung cancer patients? Next, experts from Modern Cancer Hospital Guangzhou are developing different diet care plans according to different symptoms and condition of every individual patient. They also have a detailed analysis on the taboo and suitability of food according to the nature of lung cancer.
The digestive system of early and middle stages lung cancer patients is function normally. After being clinical diagnosed, patients should apply for nutritional supplements to improve their physical quality, enhance the immunity, so as to prevent or delay the emergence of cachexia. If the patient is well-supplied with various of nutritions before applying clinical treatments, he would have a stronger tolerance to the side effects of chemotherapy and radiotherapy thus receive a better therapeutic effect. If the patients are in the same physique condition, the one who is in a better nutritional state can usually receive a better treatment effect. So early and middle stages lung cancer patients should try their best to supply plenty of nutrients such as quality protein, carbohydrate, fat, inorganic salt and varies of vitamins.
To patients with the symptoms of cough or hemoptysis, traditional Chinese medicine has a lot of prescriptions and food therapies with the functions of nourishing yin and moistening the lung, or suppressing cough, stopping bleeding etc. For instance, foods with the functions of nourishing Yin and moistening the lung are almond, jellyfish, lily and water chestnuts while foods has the functions of cough-suppressing and astringent are lotus roots, lotus seeds, persimmon, pear, Chinese yam, lily and tremella.
Compared with digestive tract cancers, lung cancer patients’ diet taboo is much lesser. In addition to traditional Chinese medicine and the nourishing foods mentioned above, lung cancer patients can also take milk, eggs, meat, beans, fresh vegetables and fruits. The frequency and amounts of patients’ diet can be increased in a proper quantities.
Note: lung cancer patients are not suitable to eat fishy smell, greasy and spicy foods. Smoking and drinking are not adaptable, either.
Foods benefit for lung cancer patients
1.Patients can eat foods with the effects of enhancing immunity and the function of anti-cancer, such as the seed of coix lacryma, sweet almond, jellyfish, yellow croaker, turtles, sea cucumber, Chinese yam, jujube, green beans, mushrooms, walnuts and soft-shelled turtle etc.
2.When the patients are cough with profuse sputum, it is proper for them to eat ginkgo, radish, mustard, almond, orange peel, loquat, olive, kelp, laver, wax gourd, sponge gourd, sesame, walnut, pine nuts, figs, grosvenor momordica and so on.
3.Patients with fever is proper to eat cucumber, wax gourd, bitter gourd, eggplant, nostoc, lily, amaranth, watermelon, pineapple, pear, persimmon, orange, lemon, olive etc.
4.When hemoptysis is occurred, patients should eat plum, roots of lotus, sugar cane, pear, lotus seeds, sea cucumber, eggplant, kelp, bean curd, eggplant, milk, turtle, yellow croaker, soft-shell turtles etc.
5.Lung cancer patients should eat foods which can reduce the side effects of radiotherapy and chemotherapy, for example, goose blood, mushrooms, dry longan, walnut seed, jujube, kiwi, apples, carp, shrimp, crab, mung bean, green tea and field snails and so on.
Foods lung cancer patients should avoid
1.Avoid pungent and spicy foods like green onion, garlic, leek, ginger, wild pepper, chili, cinnamon.
2.Avoid fried and grilled food.
3.Avoid greasy, sticky and phlegm-engendered food.
Experts from Modern Cancer Hospital Guangzhou remind that a balance diet play a key role in the treatment process of lung cancer patients. Diet therapy can adjust the patients' body nutrition to a balance status and increase their body resistance.