Resources for Patients and their Families

Food Services

When a cancer patient is undergoing mesothelioma treatment or is hospitalized for any reason, trips back and forth to a hospital or treatment center are frequent, for both the patient and their family members and friends.

Often, when the patient is traveling back and forth to appointments or friends and family are rushing from work or home to the hospital, the normal everyday routine gets pushed aside. Many people start neglecting the things that are important, like eating good meals so that they can keep up their strength for the long haul ahead. Good nutrition is especially important for the malignant mesothelioma patient or anyone with a serious disease.

While hospital cafeterias are a convenient option for obtaining food, it’s often refreshing for family members to get away from the hospital to grab a meal. In many cases, just a short jaunt to a local restaurant can provide a little pick-me-up during an otherwise stressful time.

Finding Local Restaurants

Today, locating a good restaurant isn’t very difficult. Many individuals use their GPS if they’re in a neighborhood with which they are not familiar. Some search the internet for good offerings.

But the best bet for finding a good area restaurant is to ask a staff member at the hospital for recommendations. Just as with any kind of travel, it’s always smart to check with the locals. They know the eateries that serve the best food at the best prices.

If you’re unfamiliar with the area, get precise directions or an address so you’re not spending time searching for the restaurant. If you’re at the hospital visiting a loved one or waiting to pick up someone who is undergoing mesothelioma chemotherapy or some other kind of treatment, make sure the eatery is close by and serves quickly, especially if you have limited time.

Explain Your Situation

Restaurants that are located near major cancer centers or mesothelioma clinics are accustomed to serving patients and patient’s families and most servers have an appreciation for your situation. In addition, they often realize that there are time constraints and understand that this short meal is a time of respite, away from the hospital. Hence, they strive to make the experience as welcoming as possible.

Many of these businesses find frequent patronage from area hospitals and cancer treatment facilities and are willing to deliver under certain circumstances. Inquire if they offer a delivery service when contacting them.

Don’t hesitate, however, to tell them if you have a time limit, then let them tell you whether or not they can accommodate you. Meals aren’t relaxing if you’re constantly looking at your watch.

Remember, meals are important, even if they’re the last thing on your mind. They feed your body, give you a chance to collect your thoughts in a setting away from the hospital, and allow family members some time to interact, share concerns, and even laugh a little.

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