Do Hospitals Have a Special Menu for Cancer Patients?


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Some hospitals offer special menus for cancer patients. At the Memorial Cancer Institute at Memorial Regional Hospital in Florida, hospital chefs focus on plant-based recipes that contain less sugar and acids and more antioxidants than typical hospital menus to help chemotherapy patients eat, explains the Miami Herald.

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At Memorial Sloan-Kettering Hospital, chefs create low microbial diets for patients who are recovering from bone marrow transplants. They also try to replicate the favorite recipes of cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy to stimulate their appetites. Chefs often focus on the few flavors a chemo patient can taste, keying foods to that taste. One special example includes a lemon pizza for chemo patients who can only taste lemon, according to Oncology Nurse Advisor.

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