Eating for pleasure is the optimal cancer diet for patients

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In many cases, cancer patients can and should eat what their mind and body are craving in the moment. Valley News/Courtesy photo
Dr. Joel Lamon Special to Valley News As a board-certified medical oncologist and hematologist, I’m often asked by patients, “What is the best diet for cancer patients?” First and foremost, I want eating to be a pleasurable experience for my cancer patients. Many of them ask questions about how to best approach their dietary and nutritional needs while undergoing cancer treatment. Others are convinced that following a certain cancer diet will give them the upper hand on the disease. I certainly acknowledge the value of a balanced, nutrient-rich diet and advise my patients to be health conscious as they choose what goes on their plate. But I am also of the belief that the chief pursuit in planning the diet of a cancer patient should be joy-filled, guilt-free eating that pr
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