What To Eat When You Have Nerve Sheath Tumor?

What To Eat When You Have Nerve Sheath Tumor?

There are no specific foods that you can eat specifically for nerve sheath tumor, but it is best if you can eat foods that are usually good to eat when one has cancer. The foods that we mentioned below is good for patients with any cancer not only nerve sheath tumors. This kind of diet is healthy to have even for someone who does not have cancer. It is important for you to have a healthy, balanced diet when you have any kind of cancer.

What To Eat When You Have Nerve Sheath Tumor?

Fruits For Nerve Sheath Tumor

  • Lime, lemons, and oranges – these provide vitamin C and are good for nerve sheath tumors
  • Mangoes, peaches, kiwi, bananas, pears, guava, strawberries, raspberries and papaya – these fruits have high amounts of fiber which helps to flush out the toxic substances from the gastrointestinal tract.
  • Most of the fruits contain antioxidants, which helps to prevent or slow the damage caused by free radicals to cells. Earlier it was believed that antioxidants reduce the risk of getting cancer, however new animals studies show that antioxidants can protect cancer cells as well which helps in the cancer growth. Berries like blueberries, blackberries, cranberries, strawberries and raspberries have high amounts of antioxidants.

Vegetables For Nerve Sheath Tumor

  • Tomatoes, pumpkins, carrots, turnips, broccoli, celery, zucchini, eggplant, sweet potato, cabbage, cauliflower, sweet corn, asparagus, spinach contains high amounts of fiber.
  • Artichokes, red cabbage, spinach, beetroot, asparagus, onions, red bell peppers, pecan and Brussels sprouts contain high amounts of antioxidants and are good for nerve sheath tumors.
  • Bitter gourd is good to lower blood sugar levels.
  • Green leaves and green vegetables contain calcium and iron.
  • It is good to include lots of fruits and vegetables in your diet, but limit the fruits and vegetables which contain antioxidants in high amounts.

Carbohydrates For Nerve Sheath Tumor

You should not cut down carbohydrates is the main source of energy to the body. There are two types of carbohydrates simple and complex. Simple carbohydrates are found in fruits, refined food like bread, pasta and sugar. The complex carbohydrates are found in vegetables, brown rice, whole-wheat noodles, bread, crackers and pasta.

  • Always check the labels for food starting with whole.
  • Oats, whole-bran, products with whole-wheat have high amounts of fiber and is good for nerve sheath tumor.
  • You should reduce the processed and refined carbohydrates and eat more complex carbohydrates.

Proteins For Nerve Sheath Tumor

  • Lean meat, poultry, fish, eggs, soy products, dhal are good sources to get the required amount of protein that is needed.
  • Protein is an essential nutrient for energy production.

Fats For Nerve Sheath Tumor

There are some good fats and bad fats. The advice is to consume more good fat rather than the bad fat. You all need some amounts of fat for energy production in the body. Therefore fat should not be completely cut down.

  • The good fat or the unsaturated fat is seen more in fish, vegetables, nuts and seed. Have plenty of these to get the required fat.
  • Saturated fat which is found in meat, cheese, milk, butter should be consumed in small amounts, saturated fats should be about 5-6% of the daily calorie intake.
  • Transfats which are found in fast food, snacks and baked food should be completely cut down.

If you have nausea, vomiting, digesting problems and if it’s difficult to prepare food and eat, here are some food that is ready to eat, healthy and easily digestible.

  • Yogurt
  • Fresh fruits
  • Whole-grains crackers with peanut-butter (100% peanut butter without added oils)
  • Eggs
  • Soups and stew – with unprocessed meat, vegetables
  • Salads – with unprocessed meat, vegetables
  • Cereal


If you have nerve sheath tumor it is important for you to have a healthy, balanced diet with all the nutrients required. There is no special diet for people with nerve sheath tumors but it is important you follow up a healthy diet. Have ample amounts of fruits and vegetables. These contain high amounts of fiber and vitamins. Limit the fruits and vegetables with high amounts of antioxidants. Have more complex carbohydrates like brown rice, whole-grain products. Eat more fish, eggs and lean meat and have more unsaturated fat food (vegetables, nuts, seeds and fish) than saturated fats.

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Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA
Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA
Written, Edited or Reviewed By: Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA Pain Assist Inc. This article does not provide medical advice. See disclaimer
Last Modified On:June 12, 2019

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