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Are there foods I should avoid or include while having chemo and radiation?

My husband was recently diagnosed with lung cancer.  He started chemo and radiation 2 weeks ago.  The chemo nurse said he should not be taking too many antioxidants as they would protect the cancer cells while undergoing chemo and should wait until chemo is over.  When making him a nutri smoothie, are there foods I should stay away from?  Are there foods that I should definitely include?  Do you agree with her?  If so, how long after a chemo cycle should I wait?

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4 years ago

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I'm sorry, but we are not able to give medical advice.The cancer/antioxidant recommendation has been debated in the medical world and we don't quite know the exact answer yet. There has also been debate on if whole food form vs. supplements are acceptable. See this link for more: https://www.oncologynutrition.org/erfc/eating-well-when-unwell/is-it-safe-to-take-antioxidant-supplements-during-chemotherapy-and-radiation-therapy/ For the time being, I suggest you STICK WITH YOUR DR'S ORDERS. Pretty much all plant-based foods contain antioxidants. There are some higher than others. Here's a research study plus two other resources that show the antioxidant content of various foods. Maybe you could go over this list w/ the Dr. and see if the foods w/ low number are fine to include in your husband's diet. You'll notice some numbers might be different since there are many variable that contribute to the antioxidant content of foods (where they are grown, stage of ripeness, processing, exposure to heat/light/air, etc.) We wish you both the best and let us know if you have any further Qs that we might be able to help with. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2841576/pdf/1475-2891-9-3.pdf http://www.biomedcentral.com/content/supplementary/1475-2891-9-3-s1.pdf http://www.oracvalues.com/

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