Does your book cover nutritional recommendations for children with cancer?
My child has been diagnosed with cancer **(I receive inquiries regarding
many types of childhood cancers)** and I don't know where to turn for
good advice about nutrition and herbal supplements to help optimize
the chances for survival.
For general info about handling side effects of cancer treatments in children that are related to eating, visit the web site for the American Cancer Society.
For general info about herbs and other dietary supplements used
in cancer, an informative web site is: Integrative
Therapies Program for Children with Cancer at Columbia
University in New York City.
Please remember that, unfortunately, almost no herbs or dietary supplements have been evaluated for benefit or safety in children. I strongly urge you to discuss both your concerns and ideas about nutrition and/or supplements with your child's oncologist and request (insist if you have to) a referral to a RD with expertise in pediatric oncology nutrition.
My parents certainly understand your thoughts and concerns. Hope is so much more realistic for children diagnosed with cancer now than when I was in 1950. :-)
I send my very best wishes to your child and your family for good health, healing, and continued hope!
Diana Dyer, MS, RD
faq posted 10/03, updated 3/05
These questions and answers are intended to be of a general informative nature. Please consult with the Registered Dietitian in your cancer center or your health care provider for nutritional advice that can be individualized to your specific medical condition.
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