Eating well during cancer treatment

It’s important to make healthy food choices when living with cancer. Eating well during cancer treatment isn’t always easy, though. Depending on your type of cancer and type of treatment, among other factors, you may not always feel like eating healthily—or feel like eating at all.

Here are a few practical ideas to try:

  • Eat more frequent, smaller meals instead of 3 large meals. This will keep you from feeling too full and may help prevent nausea.
  • When you just don’t feel like eating, consider drinking a liquid or powdered meal replacement, such as “Instant Breakfast.”
  • Try changing the form of a food—such as having a fruit smoothie instead of a piece of fruit.
  • Eat larger meals when you feel well and are rested. For many people, this is in the morning after a good night’s sleep.

If you notice significant changes to your appetite, it’s best to talk with your doctor. Remember to consult with your health care team before beginning any diet or exercise plan.

CSC has tons more nutrition tips online, and has even produced a Frankly Speaking About Cancer online radio show on the topic of “Eating Well Through Cancer.”

If you are a breast cancer patient living in or around Andover, Massachusetts or Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey and undergoing treatment, you may be eligible to participate in a new program called Magnolia Meals at Home. This pilot program delivers free, nutritional meals to households affected by cancer so that families can spend more time together while still eating well. For eligibility requirements and more information, click here.


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