Oftentimes people with cancer may need more protein than usual. After surgery, chemotherapy or radiation therapy, extra protein can help heal tissues and fight infection. Protein is necessary for strength, immune function, fluid balance, mobility and wound healing. It is stored in skeletal muscle which is vital for maintaining good health especially during times of illness or injury. Combining safe physical activity (to maintain muscle mass) with proper nutrition can support skeletal muscle which can improve quality of life and survival.
Protein requirements are based on many factors but generally should be about 20% of total caloric intake.
See below for a few ideas to add protein to your diet.
Protein requirements are based on many factors but generally should be about 20% of total caloric intake (typically 75-100g/day). For example, a 150-pound person should consume 54 grams of protein daily. If you have questions regarding your protein intake, please talk to your physician or dietitian to discuss how much protein is right for you.
Sneaky Ideas to Boost Protein Intake
If you are a patient and have questions about your diet, please ask your oncologist at your next appointment about receiving a complimentary nutritional session with Melanie Mitchell, Cancer Partners’ Registered Dietitian.