"Now that I have a diagnosis of lung cancer, I want to improve my diet to make it healthier. What should I do?"
There is an abundance of food in our society, to the point where obesity is a problem. As a result, most of the nutrition messages aimed at the general public are focused on lowering calories and fat to promote weight loss.
This advice makes sense for the general public, but the goals of good nutrition are different for people with lung cancer. It is easy to become confused. Some people stop eating animal products when they are diagnosed with lung cancer. Unfortunately, this removes most of the foods that provide them with protein. These people start to lose weight, but much of the weight lost is muscle. Once treatment starts, they quickly become tired and weak.
To support your body during treatment, your diet needs to have enough calories to prevent weight loss and enough protein to keep up your strength. When changing your diet, it’s important to know two things: lung cancer can cause weight loss, and people with lung cancer tend to be tired.