How should I prepare food at home during cancer treatment?

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Follow these tips when preparing food at home during cancer treatment:
  • Keep foods at a safe temperature. Cook hot food thoroughly and then keep it at least 135 degrees. If you're not going to eat right away, refrigerate food immediately. Keep cold foods below 41 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Some foods spoil especially fast. Don't leave these foods at room temperature longer than 2 hours: Milk and dairy products, eggs (unless they're pasteurized), all types of meat and fish, baked potatoes, tofu and other soy proteins, sprouts and sprout seeds, cut melons or tomatoes, garlic and oil mixtures, and cooked rice, beans, or vegetables.
  • Make sure your food is still good. Don't eat anything that is spoiled or moldy. Don't use eggs that have cracked before use. Don't refreeze defrosted foods. Don't taste anything that looks or smells strange.
  • Always prepare food in a clean area. Don't cut cooked foods on the same surface as raw foods. Don't use a wooden cutting board. Wash tops of cans before opening.

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Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.