The American Cancer Society estimates pancreatic cancer will strike approximately 55,440-people in the U.S. during 2018. Of that number, more than 44,000-are expected not to live. While the numbers are grim, there are ways you can make the disease more manageable and possibly improve your quality of life through diet.
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While these foods won’t erase the cancer, they can help reduce associated symptoms and “help you stay energized, focused, and better able to take cancer on and win,” it notes. Here are 12 foods you should eat (or avoid) if you’ve been diagnosed with this type of cancer, or want to reduce your risk of developing it…
1. Good: Fruits and Veggies
Healthline.com says pancreatic cancer patients should eat at least 5-servings of non-starchy vegetables and fruits per day, citing recommendations from the World Cancer Research Fund International.
It suggests in particular eating blueberries, oranges, broccoli, kale, and spinach, which are rich with antioxidants, fibers, and phytochemicals. “Cooked vegetables may be easier for you to tolerate than raw ones,” it adds.