When you are undergoing lung cancer treatment, it can be difficult to figure out what foods to eat and what foods you are going to tolerate. With treatment side effects like nausea, diarrhea, and lack of taste, coupled with a decreased appetite, mealtime can be an overwhelming experience. It is even tougher if you follow a restrictive diet, such vegetarian, vegan, or gluten free. As overwhelming as it can be, nutrition is a crucial part of success during treatment. Preventing weight loss and malnutrition can help you get through treatment with fewer side effects and treatment breaks.
This sounds so cliché, but in this case so true; Chip was a friend that everyone wanted. He was there when you needed him, reeled you in when you got out of hand, but most importantly made you laugh when you needed it most.
Chip Kennett (right) with his wife, Sheila, and their kids Joe and Crosby in 2015.
Many cancer patients experience weight loss during cancer treatment. It can be a result of the cancer itself or nutrition related side effects that affect your food intake, such as nausea, taste changes, and decreased appetite. Weight loss during treatment is linked to more hospitalizations, delays in treatment, and malnutrition. A common concern for caregivers and patients alike is how to promote weight gain in a healthy way.
Today marks the 10-year anniversary of my mother’s death from lung cancer and the 10-year anniversary of my becoming a patient advocate. I got involved with lung cancer patient advocacy to help ensure that other people and families did not suffer the same fate as my mother and our family did.
By Sue Bersh, LUNGevity Board Member, March 15, 2018
Every year I think I’m finished writing blogs about LUNGevity, lung cancer and the best friend I lost to the disease 9-1/2 years ago -- and then something comes to mind that I want to share. I hope you’re not tired of me yet.
A few weeks back at my last post CT-scan appointment with my oncologist (when all continued to be amazingly stable), he finally asked me the question I've been wondering if he'd ever ask: "Mr. Lourie, I talk about you all the time, how well you're doing; is there anything I can tell people about what you're doing that might help them?"
Four score and several years ago, in the course of human marital events, history which had been made/experienced between and husband and a wife was not recalled quite the same, which likely led to a disagreement. Without there being a video tape then - or now, or a Warner Wolf, insults and recriminations may have flown, and not just the coop. Practically speaking, how does one - or two, actually, solve this most unsolvable of problems?
The relationship between sugar and cancer is one of the most commonly discussed questions among cancer patients. Whether on the internet, in the waiting room, or in an online forum, many patients question if sugar intake is related to their lung cancer diagnosis. We will explore this popular topic and answer the question of whether lung cancer patients should avoid sugar in their diet.
Either it was the programming on CBS we were "demanding," or the recorded programming we were watching from PBS; but for the week it was, repeatedly, and I mean REPEATEDLY, we were subjected to the same commercials over and over again. Torture doesn't begin to describe the excruciating reaction I had every time I saw the same people saying the same words. Instead of turning me on to the product or services, it had quite the opposite effect: it tuned me off. Buy what they were selling? More like good-bye.
By Maria Carmina Joyce Alferez, MD, February 13, 2018
I can only imagine up to this day how my sister felt the day I told her she had cancer. Perhaps for her, it felt like being punched in the stomach so hard, it makes you pass out (well, the punching is still going on, by the way). Probably, for my parents, crushed does not begin to describe how they felt knowing they pretty much can't do anything for their child. The 1 year gap between Carla's diagnosis and my dad's is not enough for him to recover from his pain as a father when I, the doctor, had to tell him of his own cancer.