Mesothelioma is a serious form of cancer that develops as a result of asbestos exposure in the majority of patients with this condition. While there are a number of therapies that can be used to help address the pain and issues associated with the spread of this cancer, the majority of treatments are focused on improving a patient's quality of life and not on curing the condition. As of 2019, there is no cure for mesothelioma.
In a recent article from Cancer Updates, Research & Education, an important discussion about the impact of diet and nutrition on patients with mesothelioma was released. Having good muscle mass and a nutritious diet, it's believed, could help patients with this condition recover from the impact of treatment.
During treatment for mesothelioma, one problem is that many patients become hypermetabolic. This means that they burn many calories fighting off the disease. This can result in significant weight loss, which worsens the side effects of chemotherapy and other medications. Additionally, the body stops burning only fat and begins eating away at its own muscle mass.
What can patients eat to stay healthier during treatment?
The primary food to eat is protein, the registered dietician with Mesothelioma Center suggested. Eating enough protein helps maintain the patient's weight by improving the patient's overall caloric loads. While it's important to eat nutritious meals, if it comes down to weight alone, any high calorie meal is on the table.
Mesothelioma is a deadly disease, and patients who have it may be terminal. Providing the highest quality of life possible is essential. If you've developed mesothelioma, don't be afraid to reach out for legal help, since you were likely exposed to asbestos.