Breast cancer treatment can affect women in several ways. Nausea is a known side effect of radiation and chemotherapy; accordingly, some women may lose weight during treatment.
But in fact, weight gain is a more common result of breast cancer treatment. Because weight gain can negatively influence your health and treatment outcomes, Omega Breast Center offers nutrition services to assist you in reducing weight gain and its associated complications.
Our nutrition team will also work to ensure that you maintain excellent bone health during your breast cancer treatment. In addition, Omega Breast Center nutritionists will help you addressthe metabolic changes linked to breast cancer and/or treatment, as these changes can aggravate diabetes symptoms or encourage its onset.
Your personal nutritionist will provide diet recommendations, changes and improvements based on your breast cancer treatment, body weight, and any nutrient deficiencies or nutrition impact symptoms. By working with your nutritionist, you’ll learn to include anti-inflammatory foods and activities in your daily routine, and maintain a steady, healthy weight.
Breast cancer nutrition therapy can help patients in a variety of ways. Here are some ofthe recommendations your Omega Breast Center nutritionist may make during your breast cancer treatment:
Consuming an anti-inflammatory diet, in combination with moderate physical activity, will help you maintain a healthy body weight and lessen weight gain. These types of diet include very few animal fats and processed food products, and emphasize vegetables, fruits, and foods rich in fiber.
- Eating smaller meals more frequently and snacking on high-protein foods will assist you in battling fatigue. Your nutritionist may work hand-in-hand with your cancer care specialists to determine how you can stay active while reducing fatigue.
- To combat the harmful effects of estrogen during your cancer care, your nutritionist may recommend increasing your intake of cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli, kale and cabbage, which affect the way the body metabolizes estrogen.
- To ensure that your bones remain healthy, and to support a strong immune system while minimizing any side effects of your treatments, your nutritionist may test your levels of Vitamin D and suggest a supplement if your body is too low on this important nutrient.