Chinese New Year is just around the corner. Liquor will flow, Yusheng will be tossed. Are there any dietary dos and don’ts during this festive period for cancer patients?
Chemotherapy has a suppressive effect on the immune system and puts one at greater risk of infection from food sources.
Raw fish or meat dishes are particularly risky. With raw fish served with a variety of shredded raw vegetables, the ever-popular dish of Yusheng, which is thought to usher in good luck for the New Year, should probably be given a miss.
Plentiful food on the dinning table with lots to spare is considered auspicious during the New Year celebration, as it is believed to signify a bountiful year ahead.
It also means that, following the celebration, there will be a lot of leftovers in the few days ahead.
Reheating and eating overnight food has the virtue of reducing food wastage but runs the risk of higher bacterial contamination and infection for patients on chemotherapy.
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