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1. How does cancer affect my nutrition?

Nutrition plays an important role in the treatment of cancer. In fact, you can promote your well-being by eating well. Something as simple as a balance meal can help to replenish lost nutrients and strengthen defense. Those who eat well during cancer treatment maintain their strength better, are more active, and are better able to fend off infections.

2. What should I expect in nutritional changes when I start treatment?

  • Loss of appetite
  • Weight gain
  • Sore mouth or throat
  • Dry mouth
  • Dental and gum issues
  • Changes in taste and smell
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Fatigue
  • Depression and anxiety

Eat a few small snacks throughout the day that are high in protein. Plant based foods give you a boost in your nutrition. It is also important to have at least 2 ½ cups of fruits and vegetables a day. Try different foods, something’s you may not have liked may taste good to you during treatment. Be sure to check out our nutritional products and cooking guides here. 

3. What types of foods should I be eating during treatment?

  • Foods that are rich in vitamin A, such as broccoli, cantaloupe, carrots, spinach, squash, and sweet potatoes.
  • Foods rich in vitamin C, such as citrus fruits, green and red peppers, and strawberries.
  • Foods from the so-called “mustard family, such as broccoli, cabbage, brussels sprouts, kohlrabi, rutabaga, and cauliflower.
    • Fiber, such as fruits, vegetables, and whole-grain cereals.

4. What types of food should I avoid during treatment?

  • Salty-cured, smoked, and nitrate-cured meals
  • Excessive alcohol
  • Excessive fat

5. Will exercise help me maintain my nutrition during treatment?

YES! Physical activity has many benefits that can help strengthen your stamina, muscles, and bones. It also is great for relieving anxiety, stress, and nausea. Talk to your doctor about how much physical activity you should get each week.

6. Should my nutrition plan change after treatment?

Here are some healthy tips on maintain healthy nutrition after your treatment:

  • Eat high fiber foods like whole grains and cereals.
  • Decrease the amount of fat in your meals by baking or broiling foods.
  • Eat 2 ½ servings or more of fruits and vegetables a day.
  • Limit your intake of red meat to no more than 3-4 servings per week.
  • Avoid salty, smoked, or pickled foods.
  • Choose low fat dairy products.
  • Limit the intake amount of alcohol beverages.

7. What types of foods should I eat if I do not feel well?

  • Toast and crackers
  • Sherbet
  • Pretzels
  • Angel food cake
  • Oatmeal
  • Skinned chicken (baked or broiled)
  • Ice chips
  • Flat Sodas

8. What types of food should I avoid when I do not feel well?

  • Large meals (especially just before treatment)
  • Liquids with meals
  • Fatty, greasy, or fried foods
  • Candy, cookies, or cake
  • Foods with strong odors