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Book Review: The Essential Cancer Treatment Nutrition Guide & Cookbook

Whether you’ve been diagnosed with cancer, are a cancer survivor, or are a caregiver to someone with cancer, this new book is a must-have resource.

Author and fellow dietitian Jean LaMantia shares easy-to-read information about cancer basics and conventional cancer therapies. Her glossary of cancer terms, guide to preparing for cancer therapy, and tips for managing the side effects of cancer treatments are all welcome knowledge for anyone who may be feeling overwhelmed with the fear, pain and worry of cancer.

LaMantia knows what she’s talking about. She herself is a cancer survivor and was a key member of the support team for her father’s journey with cancer. Specializing in cancer care, LaMantia is also a program leader for Wellspring, a national cancer support agency.

The book has been very well researched and includes a detailed reference section. Oncologist Dr. Neil Berinstein assisted in interpreting the latest evidence-based information about cancer and nutrition.

Understanding how cancer can impact appetite and nutritional needs, LaMantia offers sample menus for dealing with common side effects. To make meal planning easier, all of the 150 recipes are identified as suitable for dealing with various side effects such as constipation, dehydration, sore mouth, low appetite, taste aversions and taste alterations. High fibre, high protein and risk reduction recipes are also noted. The array of FAQs and survivor wisdom quotes throughout the book add extra insight and helpful advice.

LaMantia’s hope is that her book will make your cancer journey a little easier. With her personal insights, detailed information and sound professional advice, I believe it will.

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