The diagnosis of cancer often catapults the sufferer and their family onto an emotional roller coaster ride. Suddenly they are dealing with a lot of changes and losses. They lack control over their own life. They have entered a foreign world with unfamiliar surroundings, a new medical language to learn and decipher, invasive treatment regimes, medical expenses, loss of income and an uncertain future. This process often leads to a reassessment of their life and lifestyle. What caused the cancer? What lifestyle changes need to be made? What needs to be done to be more proactive and to take back control from the cancer?
Apart from their medical treatment, (surgery, chemotherapy, radiotherapy) many people try to assess what things they can do for themselves at home. Most try to ‘eat healthy food’ but what is healthy and what can be best tolerated by someone with cancer? Dietitians understand the complexity of dietetic management in patients receiving cancer treatment. Dietitians are available in all Cancer Therapy Centres, ask your oncologist for a referral.
Some people turn to nutritional support as part of their healing. Nutritional support can help fine tune and strengthen the immune system.
There is a wealth of information on the net regarding these dietary and supplementary protocols. So vast is the information trail that it can be daunting to the newly diagnosed as well as those with years of experience of living with cancer. It can be overwhelming sorting through the beneficial protocols from the unsubstantiated information uploaded on the net.
A beneficial site to start at is the Australian College of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine known as ACNEM. The College is a Postgraduate Training and Membership body in Nutritional and Environmental Medicine. Here you will find a list of qualified doctors and other health professionals who take a holistic approach. These qualified doctors offer their knowledge and experience with nutrition and dietary therapy. They will support you with these therapies either while you undergo treatment with your oncologist and or after your treatment has finished. www.acnem.org