Jun 30, 2008 - 5:46 pm
Does anybody have good guiding principles for diet (aside from avoiding sugar, raw, and fatty foods), 2 months after total gastrectomy and 1 month into chemo for stage IV stomach cancer? My husband was diagnosed with stage IV stomach cancer this April, had his stomach removed 2 days later, and is now on a 2nd round of 8 chemo treatments to be followed, most likely, by radiation. We are looking for survivors to share research, dietary, or other advice. My husband is 46 and our son is 9. We get much well-meaning advice from friends, but none specific to stage IV stomach cancer. Locally, we have found no responsive dieticians. Doctors advise cooking all veggies and all but the softest fruits (so he's eating only melon, avocado, and papaya fresh; he was eating mango and bananas but stopped after a doctor thought they might be too sugary); all else is steamed, grilled, or sauteed. They also want him to eat lots of protein and carbs--frustrating, because he's been told to avoid beans and other high-fiber sources of protein. He wants to eat lentils. Should he? One doctor said to replace most lactose-containing foods with soymilk or tofu.
Neither my husband nor I has used a chat room before, so we may need "netiquette" tips on how to proceed.