Good nutrition is important for cancer patients. According to Lisa Waterman Gray from the Kansas City Star, dieticians from The University of Kansas Medical Center are working to make a healthy diet a reality for both cancer patients and their families. Teaming up with The Midwest Cancer Alliance and Cancer Action, the center is offering a monthly class called "Cancer Center Kitchen Therapy."
The class is free to patients, family members, and caregivers and involves both cooking demonstrations and tips for how to incorporate a healthy diet into the patients’ lifestyles. The class involves fresh ingredients with good nutritional value, with a focus on fresh and natural products. In May, the dishes included in the class are gluten-, dairy-, and egg-free.
Because of the side effects of chemotherapy, it is difficult for cancer patients to eat healthy food. Many suffer from nausea and a loss of appetite. This class hopes to help introduce healthy foods into their diet slowly by pairing them with other ingredients. For example, the broccoli cauliflower salad includes turkey bacon and raisins, creating a balanced and healthful meal.
This special class not only promotes healthy eating for patients, but also provides a realistic means for them to achieve their health goals. For more information on the class, visit the hospital’s website.