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Colorectal Cancer: Recurrence: Managing Medical Care

Do Your Best To Eat Healthy

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To help maximize your body’s fighting ability, eat healthy with an emphasis on plant sources.

There are a variety of sources to learn about a healthy diet which is generally referred to as a cancer prevention diet. The gold standard is provided by the American Cancer Society. To learn about the diet, click here

In addition, speak with your cancer doctor or a dietitician/nutritionist about a diet that works specifically for your situation, including additional vitamins and supplements. For instance, it is generally recommended to take an aspirin a day to help prevent colorectal cancer. 

According to Dr. Mark Pochapin, a gastroenterologist who specializes in colorectal cancer and author of WHAT YOUR DOCTOR MAY NOT TELL YOU ABOUT COLORECTAL CANCER:

“Keeping tabs on your daily caloric intake is important (for survivors of colorectal cancer), since eating too much food stresses the digestive system. There is some evidence showing that a high level of calories in your diet, regardless of whether the source is fat, carbohydrate, or protein, may favor the development of cancer. In other words, the more food that passes through your colon, the higher your risk. Most people should eat no more than two thousand calories a day – an amount that helps keep pounds from piling on, especially if you stay active and exercise regularly.”

“Drinking enough water each day (at least eight glasses of pure water) is vital to the health of your colon – and indeed to your entire digestive system. Water helps separate stool from the mucous lining of your colon, assists in stimulating the muscular movement of your intestines, and keeps material flowing through your system at a health rate.”  (To learn about pure drinking water, click here.)

Be cautious about claims that a particular diet, food or supplement can prevent recurrence. Look for scientific proof rather than anecdotal evidence. Check what you find with your oncologist.

If eating healthy is a big jump for you, don’t try to do everything at once. Set goals for yourself and do your best to keep to them. For example, add a vegetable to your normal lunch at least 4 days a week. Then a 5th day. Etc.

If you find you are not keeping to your timeline, revise it so you get the feeling of accomplishment while helping your health.

NOTE:  Studies show that we are influenced by the behavior of the people close to us. It is likely to be easier to eat healthy if the people around you eat healthy. Helping your family unit eat healthy is something positive that can come from your cancer experience.

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