7 food preparation tips for cancer patients

PHOTO: 7 food preparation tips for cancer patients

SINGAPORE - During cancer treatment, enjoying food may be the last thing on a patient's mind.

Surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy can change a patient's food intake, digestion, absorption, and even how nutrients are used by the body, said Dr Lim Su Lin, chief dietitian at the National University Hospital.

The disease process of some types of cancers can result in hypermetabolism; that is, an increase in the breakdown and use of proteins and fats in the body.

It is why patients need to increase their calorie and protein intake during this time to prevent unintentional loss in weight and muscle mass, said Dr Lim.

Those who are overweight or obese should work on losing the extra kilos only after they have completed their treatments and the cancer is in remission.

Here are five food preparation tips from Dr Lim:

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