Recent info on Patrick Swayze’s battle with pancreatic cancer indicate that he is on a special high fat diet. You can see that info here as well as many other sources online and off: www.msnbc.msn.com/id/23598422/ Having known others with pancreatic cancer, the information about high fat diets was new. in fact, I’d always heard that a high fat diet put one at increased risk for cancer and this link has info that supports that assumption: www.hmc.psu.edu/healthinfo/pq/pancreaticcancer.htm
This site is linked to Penn State’s Cancer Institute.
Even though there is evidence that a high fat diet may raise the risk of pancreatic cancer, it seems that when it comes to pancreas cancer treatment options, there are times when extra fat makes sense. it may even help in the fight to battle this deadly cancer. One of the first symptoms of pancreatic cancer can be weight loss. A high-fat diet can combat that and possibly keep someone from getting too frail or underweight during chemotherapy.
But using a high fat diet as part of a treatment plan for pancreatic cancer may be a controversial choice, however. Take a look at this site on cancer treatment at Cancer Research UK: www.cancerhelp.org.uk/help/default.asp Check out the section on Diet and Pancreatic Cancer. According to the information here, people with pancreatic cancer may find it hard to digest fat.
Still, because fats contain more calories, ounce for ounce, than carbohydrates and protein, they can be used to offset weight loss and maximize weight gain.
Many people, those without cancer, struggle to lose weight. But pancreatic cancer is an aggressive and often deadly disease with weight loss as a part of the picture – all too often.
It isn’t a time to worry about health risks from fat but to focus on the best course of treatment for an individual patient like Patrick Swayze. Still, it can be a tricky balancing act and a friend who had pancreatic cancer had serious side effects from a high fat diet, including loose bowels and dehydration.
Other Foods that May be Helpful Include:
Baby Foods or anything that is easy to chew and digest
Dietary shake and special supplements can maximize nutrition, maintain a desire weight and muscle strength and, hopefully, offset side effects of chemotherapy, especially those that make patients feel worse than they already feel.
While Patrick Swayze is probably under the care of the best pancreatic cancer experts out there, the information about high fat diets may also be useful to those who have friends, relatives or other family members with this disease. Staying on top of the latest information and treatment options is vital.