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Product Details

  • Paperback: 158 pages
  • Publisher: American Cancer Society; 1 edition (July 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1604430052
  • ISBN-13: 978-1604430059
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 7.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,880 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Author and Atlanta-based food columnist Besser (The First Book of Baking, The Great American Eat-Right Cookbook) teams up with three registered dieticians to create this handy reference guide for cancer patients and caregivers. More than 100 recipes are included, classified by the side effects they help abate-nausea, weight loss, taste alterations, digestive issues, difficulty swallowing and others (most dishes apply to multiple symptoms). Besser emphasizes the familiar and comforting (chicken noodle soup, shepherd's pie, tuna melts, mac and cheese), but dozens of suggestions for each symptom ensure patients will find something satisfying. A simple Honey-Teriyaki Salmon may jolt taste buds out of a funk; Rosemary Beef with Shallot Cream provides valuable protein and nutrients for the underweight, while a lush, creamy roasted cauliflower soup soothes a sore mouth. Each recipe is written clearly, with nutritional information as well as suggestions for substitutions and leftovers (extra mashed potatoes from Mashed Potato-Chicken Patties? Use them in a Shepherd's Pie). Besser closes with thoughtful ideas for a portable survival kit, including drinks, crave-busting snacks and tips for dining out. Approved by the American Cancer Society, this collection serves as a welcome reference and comfort for those living with illness.
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Gold Recipient, Mom's Choice Awards 2010, Adult Books: Cooking, Food & Wine

Customer Reviews

The recipes are color coded by side effect, are easy to make, and are very tasty.
Sheri
This book has so many wonderful recipes and they are categorized by side effects patients may be experiencing.
Terri G Puckett
I recommend this book to anyone with digestive issues, whether these are related to cancer treatment or not.
Johanna

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43 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Amy Larocca on November 1, 2009
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I am a speech pathologist in an acute rehabilitation hospital and I would greatly recommend this cookbook. I work with patients who have a variety of medical issues, but recently we've seen an increase the number of patients with brain tumors, or with a history of cancer. Because I work with the patient's swallowing safety I often discuss their nutrition and eating habits. I had one patient in particular whose sense of smell and taste had been altered due to their chemo treatment a year prior and he had been losing weight steadily since then. I got in contact with a dietitian with the American Cancer Society who referred me to this book. I bought it immediately because I knew it answered many questions that I had been asked by patients in the past and it also gave such great suggestions for different side effects including decreased taste sensation. I showed this recipe book to that patient and his wife and made a copy of one of the recipes (The Blueberry-Peach Crisp) for them to try. The wife made it and brought it in for the patient the next day. His wife altered it as the book suggested with increased cinnamon and he was able to taste it and enjoyed it. The patient's wife ordered this book that night.

On a more personal note, my father went through chemo and radiation and I have seen first hand how difficult it is for the patient and the caregiver to manage eating and maintaining nutrition while undergoing such a harsh treatment which takes away any natural want/yearn for food. I searched many resources at that time to attempt to help him, but nothing I found was organized in such a useful fashion as this cookbook.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By H. J. Laski on November 5, 2009
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This book was a godsend. Nothing tasted right. This book helped find "tasty" alternatives and provided an understanding of how to cope.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on February 20, 2010
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What to Eat During Cancer Treatment offers a comfort-food cookbook for people undergoing cancer treatment, offering recipes organized not by type but by side effect. From dishes for nausea and diarrhea to those for sore mouth and difficulty swallowing or taste alterations, this packs in dishes high in nutrition and appeal alike. Any undergoing cancer treatment needs this.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By True Iowa Native on March 19, 2013
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A friend gave me this book when I was receiving cancer treatment and I have continued to cook my favorite recipes now that I have returned to good health. They are tasty and easy to prepare. Some reviewers are very wrongheaded in their approach to this book. When you are getting chemo, eating can become a real issue. Having some milk products or sugar is not going to hurt you but losing too much weight might. If you are worried about those products, avoid those recipes. Eat sensibly, get a good bit of rest and don't take the food police too seriously. Also, enjoy your life the best you can.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Dennis on December 1, 2010
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My wife has been on various forms of Chemo for lung cancer for 3 years, which she suffers from although she never smoked. Over the past 6 months she had started loosing weight because she did not have an appetite. She was approaching 120 pounds when I read an article in USA today about this book. I immediately ordered it and started preparing the recipes that were designated for weight loss.
It took about 7 days of these meals to curb the weight loss and after another 10 days she has regained 2 pounds putting her back at 120 pounds.
She loves the recipes and eats small meal portions 4-5 times a day as the book suggests.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Cheryl Rein on November 17, 2010
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I found this cookbook (unlike many) to be full of commonly available ingredients - things you can pick up at the local grocery store. That makes it so nice for us cancer patients who are really too tired to shop around for exotic ingredients and who want easy, quick recipes.
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24 of 31 people found the following review helpful By B. Grower on July 5, 2011
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What a disappointment this book was! The recipes are loaded with sugar. Sugar feeds cancer! Heck, they even use glucose when doing PET scans because the glucose (sugar) is like a magnet to cancer. In addition to all the sugar, there is a lot of dairy used in the recipes. Dairy is bad because 85% of milk protein is casein and the substance is also found in yogurt. Casein promotes cancer growth and the pre-cancer cell clusters called foci. Casein is not a carcinogen, rather it encourages or feeds cancer or pre cancerous foci cells. Consuming even moderate amounts of milk and cheese will stimulate any cancer cells that may be latent in your body.
Do the recipes look yummy? Absolutely! It is laid out well in that it breaks recipes down according to symptoms. A nice feature and the reason I bought the book. But with all the sugar and dairy, it would be hard to ever beat cancer. The American Cancer Society should be ashamed of themselves!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Terri G Puckett on January 4, 2011
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I first saw this book at a cancer support group shortly after being diagnosed. It was highly recommended by the Nurse Advocate who is one of the leaders of the group. I knew it was something I wanted to try - even for just the ideas on what you can eat for the different side effects of chemo. Once I received it and really started looking at it, there are a LOT of recipes I want to try. Probably more than any other single cookbook I own -and I own a LOT of cookbooks. I took this cookbook to my chemo treatment so my mother could look at it and there are several recipes she wants to try also.

I tried the Individual Shepard's Pies today and they are wonderful. I found I cannot taste peas and carrots since starting treatment. When I prepared the Shepard's Pies today according to the recipe, I could actually taste the peas and carrots. Tomorrow night (since I have leftover mash potatoes) will be Mashed Potato-Chicken Patties, then maybe Pumpkin-Ginger Mini Muffins for dessert.

This book has so many wonderful recipes and they are categorized by side effects patients may be experiencing. There are also dozens of helpful hints in this book. This book is a wonderful resource for anyone undergoing chemotherapy.
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