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Date:10/17/2008

Cancer Patients Take Control Through Good Nutrition

MINNETONKA, Minn., Oct. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Cancer and its treatment make it challenging for patients to get the necessary amounts of calories, protein and nutrients they need to help maintain a strong nutritional status. Because of this, patients often lose significant amounts of lean muscle mass and weight because they don't have an appetite, feel nauseous or have a strong aversion to foods. These symptoms can lead to clinical malnutrition, which may be found in 45 to 80 percent of cancer patients(1,2), and contribute to a weakened immune system and associated higher risk of infection.

Nestle HealthCare Nutrition is emphasizing the importance of nutrition by offering cancer patients resources to help them stay strong during treatment. A new online resource center, http://www.nutrition4strength.com, has been developed to serve as a tool for patients and caregivers to find answers to their questions surrounding proper nutrition and the products that can help before, during and after treatment.

"Getting the right nutrition is vital during cancer treatment," says Mary Miranowski, registered dietitian, Nestle HealthCare Nutrition. "Whether you're preparing for surgery or going through chemo or radiation therapy, there has never been a more important time to make sure your body is getting the nutrition it needs to defend against infections, help fight fatigue and maintain lean muscle mass as part of maintaining a healthy weight."

Patients who maintain a healthy weight by receiving the needed protein and calories may feel better, maintain energy and recover more quickly. Clinical studies have demonstrated that nutritional intervention results in improved quality of life and higher completion rate of therapy (3,4,5). Various caregivers and patients have provided feedback on the benefits of supplementing the diet with BENECALORIE(R) Low-Volume, Calorically Dense Supplement, attesting that without a specialized product like this, improvement in nutritional status and weight gain would have been difficult.

Some helpful guidelines for maintaining a strong nutritional status during cancer treatment include:

-- Eat small, frequent meals or snacks (every one or two hours)

-- Eat foods high in protein and low in fat to avoid early satiety

-- Try including higher calorie fruits and vegetables, like corn, peas,

bananas, cherries, mangoes, lima beans and sweet potatoes

-- Use nutritional supplements like BENECALORIE(R) or BENEPROTEIN(R) to

enhance the nutritional value of preferred foods

Cancer patients and their caregivers can find options to enhance the nutritional composition of their diets at http://www.nutrition4strength.com. Nestle HealthCare Nutrition has made it easy to understand the true importance of maintaining a strong nutritional status throughout every stage of the cancer journey. Now through the end of the year, Nestle HealthCare Nutrition is offering 20 percent off all online orders at http://www.nestlenutritionstore.com/cancer.asp. Enter promo code, NUTRITION, at checkout or call 1-888-252-3894.

Nestle HealthCare Nutrition, part of Nestle Nutrition, offers complete nutritional solutions for people with specific illnesses, disease states or the special challenges of different life stages. Nestle HealthCare Nutrition was formed from the combination of Novartis Medical Nutrition, acquired by Nestle in 2007, and the existing Nestle HealthCare Nutrition business. The company offers the most comprehensive range of nutritional support products in the marketplace. Nestle Nutrition helps to enhance the quality of life by supporting health and providing care for people with special nutrition needs at every stage of life. Nestle Nutrition is built around four core businesses: Infant Nutrition, HealthCare Nutrition, Performance Nutrition and Weight Management. For more information about Nestle Nutrition, please consult: http://www.nestlenutrition.com.

(1) U.S. National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute.

Nutrition in Cancer Care (PDQ), 2008. Available at http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/pdq/supportivecare/nutrition/HealthProfessional .
Last accessed September 5, 2008.

(2) Laviano A et al. Nutritional issues in cancer management. Nutr

1996;12:358-71.

(3) Odelli C et al. Nutrition support improves cancer patient outcomes.

Clin Oncol 2005;17:639-45.

(4) Nitenberg G, Raynard B. Nutritional support of the cancer patient:

issues and dilemmas. Crit Rev Oncol Hematol 2000;34(3):137-68.

(5) Ottery FD. Supportive nutrition to prevent cachexia and improve

quality of life. Sem Oncol 1995;22(2)Supp 3:98-111.


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