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What can I do for my body so it can be healthy during chemotherapy treatment for NF?

Healthy Tip When Undergoing Chemotherapy And Radiation Treatment For Neurofibromatosis

If you have been diagnosed with neurofibromatosis, then you will undergo genetic screenings and MRIs to periodically check for the growth of tumors. Your neurosurgeon may determine that you should undergo chemotherapy and radiation as noninvasive treatments to reduce the size of tumors when located in certain parts of the body. Undergoing such treatments can take a toll on the body, so follow these simple tips to stay healthy.

Eat A Healthy Diet

Always ask your doctor concerning nutrition so that you doctor can prescribe the right diet for your particular body weight and health. It's ideal that you maintain your weight during treatment, so you should eat a moderate amount of fruits, vegetables, grains, meats, and low fat dairy products. Cut back on alcohol, sugar and salt.

Eat Even If You Don't Feel Like It

Chemotherapy and radiation treatment can affect your appetite severely. Make sure that you eat meals every day prescribed by your doctor. If you are still struggling, eat a high protein and high calorie diet so that you do not lose too much weight.

   
What can I do to make my child comfortable about undergoing surgery for tumors caused by Neurofibromatosis?

Dealing With Neurofibromatosis: How To Get Your Child Through Surgery

If your child has been diagnosed with Neurofibromatosis, or NF, they will undergo the early screening to detect tumors that could place pressure on nerves and affect organs. If your neurosurgeon has determined that your child needs to undergo surgery to remove tumors, you can make the experience less stressful for your child by following these simple tips:

1. Calmly explain to your child what is happening, the procedure, and that you will be there.

2. Read available information about the surgery to your child and how it will help them.

3. Have the doctor talk about the anesthesia.

4. Arrive early at the appointment, so your child is comfortable.

5. Bring your child's favorite toy, book or blanket to comfort them.

   
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