By Dr. Shikha Sharma
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Fruits A Cancer Patient Can Have 

Cancer is a group of disease which involves the growth of abnormal cells and destroys good tissue of the body. Cancer may occur at any age i.e children, adolescents, adults or old age groups.

Most Common Types:

  • Breast Cancer: Abnormal cancer cells that occur in breast cells.
  • Melanoma: Common type of skin cancer.
  • Leukaemia: Cancer of blood, that hinders body’s ability to fight diseases.

How to Take Fruits During Cancer

Nowadays cancer has become the most common problem in which the patient becomes more prone to infection because of poor immune system, decreasing platelets, blood leukocyte count while different sessions. So nutritionist and doctors put these patients on the neutropenic diet which includes all cooked food and fruits, eliminating all raw products with proper hygiene and sanitation.

The patient’s body requires a high protein diet to recover good tissues and destroy abnormal cells with the help of chemotherapy, radiotherapy session.

Besides this, cancer patients should avoid excessive intake of vitamin supplements as they act as antioxidants and can interfere in sessions of chemotherapy when taken in larger doses.

A cancer patient can take fruits but it must be in cooked form for e.g one can give Apple Kheer, Banana Smoothie, Strawberry Muffin, Steamed Kiwi.

Apart from these other fruits like Orange, Avocado, pears, grapes, berries are all good for a cancer patient. But make they are fresh and clean.


Above mentioned fruits might be beneficial as patient with cancer suffer from loss of appetite and change in taste especially during chemotherapy. So these fruits can change taste buds along with providing lots of nutrients like apple kheer give energy, protein, calcium, vitamins, and fibre which cures constipation. It has a positive effect on prostate and breast cancer.

Let’s Have A Look at one of Our Healthy Apple Kheer Ingredients

  • 2 cup full-fat milk (good source of protein, calcium)
  • ½ cup grated apple (source of fibre and vitamin c)
  • 10 chopped almonds (high protein)
  • ½ tsp of ghee (source of fat)
  • A pinch of cardamom powder

Result Of Research

Research literature written by Saravana Kumar Jaganathan published on 7 December 2014 had also concluded in his result that Apple plays a good role in curing colon cancer and breast cancer. [REFERENCE CA Cancer 2007;43-66:57 Jemal A, Seigel R, Murry T, Thun MJ, XU J, PubMed]

A cancer patient should consume fresh and cooked food as proper cooking destroys all bacteria, but they again start growing when kept for a long time. Patients who take treatment of chemotherapy may feel some side effects like fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea. So proper planning of diet including good nutrition might help to overcome these side effects.

At last, the conclusion is cancer patient don’t feel hungry but to overcome this disease they must have to take a good diet along with medicines. They can take all fruits but one must have good knowledge of how to give take fruits keeping in mind bad result of not following proper method.

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