The holiday season can be a busy and stressful time of the year for everyone, but it can be especially difficult for cancer patients. Although the holidays are all about celebrating with your family and friends, cancer treatment side effects can make it difficult for patients to enjoy their meals and the festivities. That is why we would like to share with you some nutrition tips to help you get through this holiday season. These tips are from Tips for Managing Nutritional Needs During the Holidays, which was provided as part of the Cooking. Comfort. Care. Nourishment for the Pancreatic Cancer Fight program. (more…)
Last month, we announced the launch of Cooking. Comfort. Care. Nourishment for the Pancreatic Cancer Fight in collaboration with Celgene, Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, and Chef Michael Ferraro. This educational and awareness program features tips for nutritional issues that pancreatic cancer patients and their caregivers may face.
In our blog introducing this program, we mentioned that it offers some recipes appropriate for the pancreatic cancer patient. One of the recipes included was the Turkey Tortellini Soup. Although this is a fitting recipe for pancreatic cancer patients, it is also appropriate for anyone going through cancer treatment. Soups are so easy to customize according to your own preference and tolerance, so we hope you can prepare your own version of turkey tortellini soup that works best for you! (more…)
Eating is an essential activity that we all must do. Eating well is an essential activity to being, getting and keeping well. But what does it mean to eat well? Is it the same for all of us? How much science is behind the latest diet trends and what does that mean to me? Meals to Heal is launching a new blog series to help address and make sense of confusing topics that affect our understanding of what it means to eat well. (more…)
At the beginning of the month, I attended the AICR 2014 Annual Research Conference on Food, Nutrition, Physical Activity and Cancer. I want to share some highlights of a few key lectures with our readers. (more…)
Starting in January 2015, we will feature a different physical activity each month on our blog. We hope to highlight a variety of activities in this series so that you can find your favorite ways to move your body!
As you get stronger and feel more confident about your exercise routine, try slowly adding more physical activity to your schedule. Think about getting F.I.T.T., a term that stands for frequency, intensity, time, and type, four key components of a physical activity program. 1 (more…)
Cancer treatment can cause a variety of nutrition-related side effects, and recently, researchers are focusing on the social and financial “side effects” that come with survivorship. Cancer survivorship rates in the United States continue to increase, with a predicted 18.1 million survivors by 2020. Increased screening for potential work and finance-related challenges and promotion of resources for support—from diagnosis to long-term survivorship—are needed to promote optimal care in this growing population. (more…)
One of the things I look forward to during the cooler months is the abundant supply of winter squash available. Butternut, acorn, and spaghetti are probably the most recognizable. But there are a bunch of different varieties of squash, some of which you may not be familiar with. These hearty vegetables come in various shapes, sizes, and colors, and each supply ample amounts of cancer protecting antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. (more…)
While marked by one day, Thanksgiving, the entire fall season is for me a time of reflection and introspection. Time to look back, take stock and start thinking about the new year just around the corner. In the most literal sense, as the weather gets colder, I think back to the balmy days of summer, dreading the cold and ice ahead, and am thankful to have had those three months of pure temperature bliss (yes, I truly love 90 degrees and 90 percent humidity!). On a more serious note, this is a time that I appreciate all of the good and bounty in my life. (more…)
Acupressure is a healing technique that has been used in traditional Chinese medicine since 2000 BC. It is thought that qi, or vital energy, flows through the body along certain meridian points. Qi is responsible for a person’s physical, emotional, mental and spiritual wellbeing, and it is presumed that illness and pain occur as a result of a disruption or blockage of qi. Acupressure relieves the blocked qi and restores balance in the body. (more…)
The month of November is a time to give thanks. It means turkey dinners, time with family and those after-Thanksgiving sales. But did you know that it’s also Lung Cancer Awareness Month (LCAM)? Those of us who have been personally affected by lung cancer understand the importance of this month. Lung cancer advocates want to make others aware of this disease; that it is the number one cancer killer, and there’s a great need for funding and support so that more people can survive it. (more…)