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Sue 1 David Sue Prof. Linda Boire NTR-195 6 December, 2007 Cancer and its Effects on Nutrition Cancer - the silent killer. For many, it is a death sentence. There are currently 1,444,920 cancer patients in the United States, and there have already been 559,650 deaths from cancer in 2007 alone. But what is cancer? It is not a foreign invader; rather, it is our own mutated cells attacking and converting our healthy cells. In essence, it is a civil war raging within our own bodies, and the only casualties are part of us (cancer.gov). The purpose of this essay is to show that nutrition in a cancer patient is pivotal to his or her well-being and recovery. It is well known that cancer may be prevented or inhibited with a healthy diet and lifestyle. That issue will not be addressed. What many non-cancer patients do not know is that once diagnosed with cancer, it becomes a lifelong struggle for the cancer patient to live with his or her disease. Everything changes for that individual, from diet to attitude to interpersonal relationships. Yet what exactly changes in a cancer patient's diet? Anorexia and cachexia are very common in cancer patients. Anorexia is the most common cause of malnutrition in cancer patients, and it affects almost all patients whose cancer is widespread. Cachexia is a type of wasting that commonly occurs in patients with tumors of the lung, pancreas, and upper gastrointestinal tract. A patient may seem to
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course HIST 101 taught by Professor Mcconnel during the Spring '08 term at Nassau CC.

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