Ask the Nutritionist
Q: Is it safe for a cancer patient to cook in the kitchen?
Aliya, Quetta, Pakistan
A: Every situation is going to be based on the individual, but overall there are no safety concerns with cooking food or preparing beverages for yourself and your family while undergoing cancer treatment. As long as you are feeling well and able to move around, cooking is a great way to ensure you maintain proper nutrition throughout treatment.
One safety aspect that should be emphasized during treatment is food safety. Your immune system is weakened while undergoing treatment, so it is even more important that you keep hands, utensils and surfaces clean and avoid cross-contamination with meats and raw fruits and vegetables.
For more information on proper food safety, visit the Federal Food Safety website.