Nutrition

Let your food be your medicine and your medicine be your food.

—Hippocrates (fifth century B.C.)

the eating habits of children with leukemia go haywire. Parents know that eating the right types of food will help their child heal faster, feel better, and continue to grow. Moreover, cancer treatment itself increases the need for balanced nutrition. The childs body works hard to repair the damage to healthy cells caused by chemotherapy and radiation, and to break down and excrete the cancer cells killed by treatment. Just metabolizing the numerous chemotherapy drugs stresses children's systems.

Despite knowing that children need to eat nutritious meals, the reality is that sick children often do not want to eat. This chapter discusses eating problems, explains good nutrition, suggests ways to pack extra calories into small servings, and offers tips on how to make food more appealing to children.

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