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What to Eat During Cancer Treatment: 100 Great-Tasting, Family-Friendly Recipes to Help You Cope Paperback – July 1, 2009
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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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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. This book is organized into sections of suggested recipes for the various side effects that the patient may be experiencing including: nausea, diarrhea, constipation, soar mouth/swallowing deficits, taste alterations and unintentional weight loss. It also gives suggestions for dining out and a list of kitchen staples with a variety of foods to keep in your pantry to help prepare little snacks or full meals depending on the patient's wants.
As you can tell, I can't say enough about this book. It has been a great resource for me professionally and personally (My father now has a copy himself) and I definitely recommend it for people during treatment or for anyone continuing to deal with any of the symptoms after treatment. You will find not only the recipes helpful, but the added nutritional information and recommendations for aiding nutrition during/after treatment are priceless! This cookbook is truly fantastic!
My best advice for anyone who is looking for help during this incredibly difficult time, ask a nutritionist if they have a copy as the American Cancer Society gives them to treatment centers and they hand them out at no charge. Good Luck to all of the caregivers out there who are helping someone through any type of cancer
The lemon egg drop soup took care of my diarrhea so much that I had to eat the blueberry-peach crisp for constipation the next day. Fighting cancer is tough enough, both mentally and physically so anything that you can do to make you feel just a little bit better is really helpful in my learned opinion, and this book helped me in my 28 month battle with Bladder Cancer.
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.