When undergoing lung cancer treatment, one of the first things lost is your appetite. It’s tricky, though, because your body needs nutrients from healthy foods more than ever to keep you strong during cancer treatments.
Lung cancer directly affects the African American community. It’s the second most common cancer among Black men and women. So if you’re not battling the disease yourself, you probably know someone who is living with lung cancer.
An immediate symptom of lung cancer is difficulty swallowing, according to Colleen Doyle, MS, RD, director of nutrition and physical activity at the American Cancer Society. Because of this, it’s very important to avoid certain types of food during cancer treatment.
Here is a list of foods that aren’t helpful to lung cancer patients:
Tart, acidic and spicy food
This includes foods like citrus fruits and tomato-based foods, or anything with hot peppers. With a tender throat, these foods can be hard to swallow. Also, with cancer treatment, many patients experience nausea. Mild, bland foods served at room temperature can help with the nausea, which could encourage patients to eat.