The Gori Law Firm
Get Your FREE Case Review 24 Hours A Day
To protect your safety during the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, we offer telephone and video conferences, in addition to face-to-face meetings. Please contact our office today to set up a remote consultation.
More than $3 Billion Recovered For Our Clients

These are the best foods for mesothelioma victims

All kinds of people give their diets some extra thought after the holidays. After feasting on holiday meals and sweets, it’s not uncommon for people to put on a few extra pounds. Many then want to change their diets to lose weight and feel better. But for people with mesothelioma, dieting right is always a major concern.

As one dietician explained, eating right can make a big difference to your treatment. There’s a direct link between maintaining a healthy body weight and better response to treatment. People who lose too much weight tend to suffer more.

Five reasons your diet matters

Mesothelioma tumors form after their cells start to grow out of control. That growth requires fuel. While you might wish this would allow you to stop fueling the tumor’s growth by eating less, that’s not the case. As the dietician noted, mesothelioma burns fuel at an unhealthy rate. If you don’t fuel up with enough of the right nutrients, the cancer cells don’t start burning your fat; they start burning muscle mass and other lean tissues.

This means a healthy diet is about more than feeling better. It’s about keeping your body strong and maintaining your essential functions. A doctor at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center points out five reasons it is important to maintain a healthy diet throughout your treatment:

  • Lower infection risk
  • Speed up recovery
  • Enhance your mood and optimism
  • Maintain your energy
  • Lower risk of harmful side effects

Three key concerns for your mesothelioma diet

You have every reason to maintain a healthy diet. You have a body that needs extra nutrition. So, what foods should you feed it?

According to the doctor and dietician, you likely want to focus on twelve helpful foods:

  • Proteins. The dietician identified your protein sources as your primary concern during recovery. These may include chicken, beef, seafood, nuts and other protein-rich foods.
  • Calories. It takes fuel to resupply your body, especially while the cancer is trying to break it down. However, this doesn’t mean filling up on sweets and empty calories. Instead, the experts recommend carbohydrates from whole grain bread, pasta and brown rice. Then you want to add more calories from unsaturated fats like olive oil, nuts and avocado.
  • Antioxidants. Antioxidants fight oxidation. Without them, oxidation releases free radicals that can harm your cells. To supply your body with antioxidants, you want to eat bright, colorful fruits and vegetables. These tend to be rich in vitamins A, C and E, which are all antioxidants.

Though water isn’t a food, the doctor made sure to call it out. You want to stay hydrated. Your body needs water to work properly.

Different diets for different stages

It’s also worth noting the dietician admitted that your focus during treatment will likely differ from the focus of a diet focused on prevention or survivorship. She noted those diets are more likely to go heavy on healthy, cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, cabbage and kale. In fact, one study found evidence that such vegetables might reduce your chances of getting the disease or suffering a recurrence.

However, a diet centered on those green veggies might not offer enough calories while you’re in treatment. Instead, you want to talk with your doctor and dietician. Your diet may change with your treatment, but it’s always important for people with mesothelioma to eat right.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information

Why Choose The Gori Law Firm?

  1. Experience

    With over 100 years of combined legal experience, we guide our clients through the litigation process by addressing questions and concerns and about the outcome every step of the way. Read More

  2. Results

    The team at The Gori Law Firm fights hard for clients, working to get the compensation and the settlement they deserve, obtaining over $3 billion in verdicts and settlements for our clients. Read More

  3. Team Approach

    We are more than just experienced attorneys: our team is also made up of highly trained paralegals and professionals specially trained to deal with the demands of these complex cases. Read More

  4. Faster Trial Dates

    We know that obtaining funds in a timely manner will help cover medical expenses. The Gori Law Firm works quickly to recover funds and secure the earliest possible trial dates on our client's behalf. Read More


Super Lawyers Million Dollar Advocates Forum American Association for Justice
ABA - Defending Liberty - Pursuing Justice Illinois State Bar Association

Fill Out Our Form Today To Get A Free Case Review.

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy

Get a Free Case Review Today

The Gori Law Firm News

The Gori Law Firm Awards 100 Gift Cards to Teachers Across the Country

Read More >

In The Community

The Gori Law Firm and Global Brew Raise More Than $20,000 at Recent Oktoberfest Event

More Community & Events >

Read Our White Paper

A Continuing Threat: How Deadly Legacy Of Asbestos Haunts Navy Veterans Today >

Edwardsville Office
The Gori Law Firm
156 North Main Street
Edwardsville, IL 62025
Edwardsville Law Office Map

Washington, DC Office
The Gori Law Firm
1875 Connecticut Ave. NW
10th Floor

Washington, DC 20009
Washington Law Office Map

New Orleans Office
The Gori Law Firm
909 Poydras Street, Suite 2195
New Orleans, LA 70112
New Orleans Law Office Map

Los Angeles Office
The Gori Law Firm
3878 Carson Street, Suite 210
Torrance, CA 90503
Torrance Law Office Map

New York Office
The Gori Law Firm
360 Lexington Avenue
20th Floor
New York, NY 10017
New York Law Office Map

Orlando Office
The Gori Law Firm
37 N. Orange Ave., Suite 1100F
Orlando, FL 32801
Orlando Law Office Map

Granite City Office
The Gori Law Firm
2862 Madison Avenue
Granite City, IL 62040
Granite City Law Office Map

Get Your FREE Case Review 24 Hours A Day 888-362-6890
Close X

Contact Us For A Free Case Assessment

Back To Top