10 Healthy Foods for Cancer Patients


Peppermint hard candies or peppermint tea not only taste good and relieve dry mouth, they also may help manage nausea. While the American Cancer Society (ACS) doesn't report scientific evidence that peppermint is effective in taming the side effects of chemotherapy and radiation, there does seem to be evidence that the oil does help reduce spasms in the esophagus and intestines as well as nausea after surgery.

Controlling nausea and vomiting is important not only for preventing dehydration but also for keeping up an interest in eating -- good nutrition during treatment and after surgery can help keep up energy levels, minimize weight loss and help fight infection.

Peppermint essential oils may also help reduce anxiety -- another plus while living with cancer.