Optimizing Quality of Life During and After Prostate Cancer Treatment

image of healthy foodsLifestyle changes are among the top recommendations for the prevention of prostate cancer and recurrence according to the American Cancer Society. Their recommendations include eating at least 2 ½ cups of a wide variety of fruits and vegetables each day, being physically active and maintaining a healthy weight. You may also limit calcium supplements, avoid eating overcooked or charbroiled meats, and include more cruciferous vegetables (such as broccoli and cauliflower) and cooked tomato products that are rich in lycopene.

How can nutrition and exercise help during treatment? If you are having side effects from your treatments, adjusting your diet or lifestyle can help alleviate them.

If you are undergoing radiation and diarrhea is plaguing you, avoid hard-to-digest foods such as citrus or acidic foods, foods high in insoluble fiber (such as wheat and bran), fatty and greasy foods and beverages with caffeine. Focus instead on foods rich in soluble fiber and pectins that have a binding effect such as white rice, applesauce, pears, oatmeal and other oat-based foods. Continue reading