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According to registered dietitian, Jean LaMantia, some of the best foods during treatment for cancer are anti-inflammatory, high in whole grains, low on the glycemic index, and rich in nutraceuticals, phytonutrients, antioxidants, probiotics, and prebiotics!

Her 2 key dietary recommendations are:

1.  Eat a plant-based diet with lots of fruits, vegetables, herbs, spices, legumes, whole grains and cold-water fish.

2.  Limit your intake of red meat, refined grains, and alcohol.  Avoid processed meats and soft drinks.  This reduces dietary sources of inflammation and elevated insulin levels that have the potential to promote cancer and will enable beneficial foods and nutrients to do their therapeutic job.

Depression is not so much a side effect of cancer treatment as a condition that can occur at any time before, during, or after your cancer diagnosis, treatment, or recovery.  It can affect the person with cancer or the caregiver.  It is not a sign of weakness or a shortcoming.
Guidelines for Managing Depression (recommendations from the American Institute for Cancer Research)
1.  Be gentle with yourself.  Be careful not to get angry with yourself for all those emotions; they are natural reactions.
2.  Talk it out.  Sometimes expressing your fears to a trusted family member or friend helps relieve anxiety.
3.  Learn to tell others what you need.  Family, friends and physicians often take their cues from patients.  Ask questions about the cancer and its treatment, and ask for help when you need it.
4.  Don't be afraid to ask for support.  Most cancer patients need emotional support from individuals other than family members and friends.  Nurses, social workers, and dietitians are among the professionals that are available through support groups, local hospitals, health-care agencies, and mental health centers.
5.  Take good care of yourself.  Fill your days with activities that are important to you, but don't overextend yourself physically.  It's easier to feel hopeful when life is balanced with rest, nutritious meals, recreation, and meaningful work. 
6.  Educate yourself.  Often, what you imagine causes greater fear than the facts.  Read materials from reputable cancer sources, such as the American Institute for Cancer Research.
7.  Be positive and proactive.  Take charge of your health and medical care.
Source:  American Institute for Cancer Research