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Is it a good idea to eat a high-protein diet before starting beam radiation therapy?

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Dr. Bahman Daneshfar
Radiation Oncology
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In brief: If you have fatigue

Its common for radiation departments to tell patients to eat higher protein diets.
However many patients are not malnourished or have any fatigue. If a patient has been losing weight we offer this suggestion and supplements (i tell them to eat anything they like to keep weight on tempered by if the patient is diabetic who has to watch sugar intake).

In brief: If you have fatigue

Its common for radiation departments to tell patients to eat higher protein diets.
However many patients are not malnourished or have any fatigue. If a patient has been losing weight we offer this suggestion and supplements (i tell them to eat anything they like to keep weight on tempered by if the patient is diabetic who has to watch sugar intake).
Dr. Bahman Daneshfar
Dr. Bahman Daneshfar
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Dr. R. Scott Anderson
Radiation Oncology

In brief: It won't hurt

I don't see a lot of weight loss in prostate treatment and we usually see a great deal in the treatment of head and neck tumors, so my dietary suggestions aremsite specific, for pelvic radiotherapy a low residue diet is helpful often times whereas a high calorie high protein diet is needed for patients expected to have swallowing difficulties.

In brief: It won't hurt

I don't see a lot of weight loss in prostate treatment and we usually see a great deal in the treatment of head and neck tumors, so my dietary suggestions aremsite specific, for pelvic radiotherapy a low residue diet is helpful often times whereas a high calorie high protein diet is needed for patients expected to have swallowing difficulties.
Dr. R. Scott Anderson
Dr. R. Scott Anderson
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