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Lahey Hospital and Medical Center publishes cookbook for cancer patients, book signing March 1

Posted by Christina Jedra  March 1, 2013 10:00 AM

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The following was submitted by Lahey Health: 

Keith Stuart, MD, head of Oncology at Lahey Hospital & Medical Center, Burlington, Corrine Zarwan, MD, and the team at the Sophia Gordon Cancer Center are pleased to announce the publishing of The Lahey Clinic Guide to Cooking Through Cancer: 100+ Recipes for Treatment and Recovery to help patients choose recipes and meals that can help alleviate their symptoms and make coping with cancer easier.

“Cooking through Cancer was a project that many of us at the Sophia Gordon Cancer Center at Lahey Hospital & Medical Center, Burlington, held close to our hearts,” said Dr. Stuart. “Cancer treatment is very tough on the body. The disease, along with the side effects of treatment, can make it extremely difficult for people to find foods that are palatable. We designed this book to help patients find good meals that they can enjoy together with their families during an otherwise difficult time.”

The book contains more than 100 healthy and delicious recipes that are organized by symptom and can be enjoyed by cancer patients, as well as their families. The recipes can help with a variety of cancer treatment side effects, such as sore mouth, constipation, diarrhea, nausea, and weight gain and loss. The book also features a “celebrations” section, for those who have overcome their disease, or those who simply want to celebrate how far they have come in their treatment. 

Each recipe in the book was tested and approved by Drs. Stuart and Zarwan, as well as a team of Oncology physicians, nurses and nutritionists. Readers can cook up everything from Mediterranean split pea soup (to help with sore mouth, constipation, and weight gain prevention) to roast pork loin with root vegetables (to help with constipation and nausea and vomiting). Many recipes combat several symptoms at once.

“The goal of the book is to help patients rediscover the enjoyment of good food that cancer frequently diminishes for them,” Dr. Stuart said. “While food will not cure cancer or radically change its course, it can certainly make treatments easier to weather.”

Drs. Stuart and Zarwan will be hosting a book signing event at the Barnes & Noble in Burlington, Mass., on March 1 to celebrate the launch of The Lahey Clinic Guide to Cooking Through Cancer. A portion of the proceeds from this book will be donated to the Sophia Gordon Cancer Center, so stop by to pick up your signed copy and help support this cause. For more information about the book or how to purchase it, please visit: Lahey.org/CancerCookbook.

About Lahey Health

Lahey Health is what’s next in healthcare providing a full continuum of integrated health services close to where you live or work. It is comprised of nationally-recognized, award-winning hospitals – including an academic hospital and medical center, and community hospitals -- primary care providers, specialist physicians, behavioral health services, post-acute programs such as home health services, skilled nursing and rehabilitation facilities, and senior care resources located throughout northeastern Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire.

Lahey Health offers more than 1,200 locally-based physicians providing clinical excellence and an exceptional patient experience in adult and pediatric primary care and every medical specialty, including kidney and liver transplantation; cancer, cardiovascular and orthopedic medical and surgical care; local emergency and trauma care; urological surgery; chronic disease prevention and health management; and pediatric emergency, newborn and inpatient care provided in collaboration with Boston Children’s Hospital physicians.

Lahey Health includes Lahey Hospital & Medical Center -- a teaching hospital of Tufts University School of Medicine -- and Lahey Clinic physician group with practices in Burlington, Peabody and other locations throughout northeastern Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire. Beverly Hospital; Addison Gilbert Hospital in Gloucester, MA; Lahey Health Senior Care and Lahey Health Behavioral Services as well as more than 30 primary care physician practices and multiple outpatient and satellite specialty care facilities.

Together, we are making innovative, integrated healthcare more personal and more accessible. For more information, visit LaheyHealth.org and its member websites Lahey Hospital & Medical Center, Beverly Hospital, and Lahey Health Behavioral Services. 


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