Meal Plan for Thyroid Cancer


Papillary and follicular thyroid cancer is a type of cancer caused by abnormal cells beginning to grow on the thyroid gland, which is an important part of the endocrine system since it produces some of the hormones in charge of metabolism regulation. Though it is an uncommon type of cancer, it has positive treatment outcomes.  The treatments include low iodine diets one to two weeks before a radioactive iodine scan or treatment, as it increases the effectiveness of the treatment to destroy cancer cells. 

The goal of a Low-iodine diet is for the patient to consume 50 micrograms of iodine a day for 1-2 weeks before treatment. This meal plan provides is designed for someone who needs about 1700 calories a day (about what is needed for a sedentary middle), without any other dietary restrictions apart from iodine. For this diet, you should avoid: Iodized salt, sea salt, seafood and products containing seaweed, agar, etc., dairy products, eggs yolks and foods containing eggs, breads using iodine, Red Dye #3, chocolate, soybeans, and tofu. 

This particular menu has 1615 kcal, 35.4g fat, 212.4g carbs, 116.4g protein. It is important to note that this meal plan is relatively high in carbohydrates and proteins, as people battling cancer tend to need easily digested energy to stay healthy and maintain your weight and avoid tissue breakdown. Not everyone is the same, and your individual case should be evaluated in order to see what the best diet is for your particular case. 

All of the recipes and ingredients are approved by The Thyroid Cancer Survivors’ Association, The Thyroid Cancer Organization of Canada, The Light of Life Foundation, and from people living with or recovering from thyroid cancer. 

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