- Why good nutrition is important
- Benefits of good nutrition
- What children with cancer need: Nutrients
- How your child can take in nutrients
- When your child is taking steroids
- Cancer treatment side effects and what you can do about them
- Appetite changes
- Mouth pain, throat pain, or mouth sores
- Trouble swallowing
- Nausea and vomiting
- Dry mouth or thick saliva
- Unwanted weight gain
- Low white blood cell counts
- Ways to help your child take in more protein and calories
- Recipes to try
- Choose My Plate for children
- To learn more
To learn more
More information from your American Cancer Society
We have selected some related information that may also be helpful to you. You can get free copies of these materials by calling our toll-free number, 1-800-227-2345, or they can be read online at www.cancer.org.
After Diagnosis: A Guide for Patients and Families (also in Spanish)
Children Diagnosed With Cancer: Understanding the Health Care System (also in Spanish)
Caring for the Patient With Cancer at Home (also in Spanish)
Guide to Controlling Cancer Pain (also in Spanish)
Understanding Cancer Surgery: A Guide for Patients and Families (also in Spanish)
Understanding Radiation Therapy: A Guide for Patients and Families (also in Spanish)
A Guide to Chemotherapy (also in Spanish)
The following books are also available from the American Cancer Society. Please call us for information on cost, or to place an order.
Kids’ First Cookbook
What to Eat During Cancer Treatment
Other books and publications*
Deceptively Delicious: Simple Secrets to Get Your Kids Eating Good Food. By Jessica Seinfeld, Steve Vance, and Lisa Hubbard. HarperCollins. 2007. ISBN-13: 9780641965494.
Young People with Cancer: A Handbook for Parents, NCI Web publication, 2003. Available at www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/coping/youngpeople or call 1-800-422-6237 (1-800-4-CANCER) for a free copy.
Curesearch Children’s Oncology Group Family Handbook. 2005. Available online at www.curesearch.org/pdf/Family_Handbook_for_CureSearch.pdf.
Eating Hints for Cancer Patients: Before During, and After Treatment, NCI Pamphlet, 1997. Available at www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/eatinghints or call 1-800-422-6237 (1-800-4-CANCER) for a free copy.
A Guide to Good Nutrition During and After Chemotherapy and Radiation, 4th Ed. By Saundra N. Aker and Polly Lenssen. Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, WA; 2000. ISBN 0-94527-800-4. Can be ordered from www.seattlecca.org/patient-publications.cfm.
National organizations and Web sites*
US Department of Health and Human Services
Web site: www.foodsafety.gov
“Keep Food Safe” section provides podcasts and written information on safe food handling. Site has general information on food recalls, outbreaks of foodborne illness, and more
American Dietetic Association (ADA)
Web site: www.eatright.org
Provides information on food safety, diet, and nutrition; also has a directory of registered dietitians that can be searched by location
American Childhood Cancer Organization (ACCO)
Phone number: 855-858-2226
Web site: www.acco.org
Information for families of children with cancer and a network of parent support groups in most states which commonly provide meetings, speakers, parent-to-parent visitation, summer camps, transportation, and publications
CureSearch National Childhood Cancer Foundation (NCCF)
Toll-free number: 1-800-458-6223
Web site: www.curesearch.org
Has information about childhood cancers and long-term follow-up guidelines for after treatment
Teens Living with Cancer
Web site: www.teenslivingwithcancer.org
Information is specifically for teens and covers many cancer topics, including nutrition and exercise
ChooseMyPlate.gov (US Department of Agriculture)
Toll-free number: 1-888-779-7264 (8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday-Friday)
Web site: http://www.choosemyplate.gov
For answers to diet questions and information on healthy eating
No matter who you are, we can help. Contact us anytime, day or night, for information and support. Call us at 1-800-227-2345 or visit www.cancer.org.
Last Medical Review: 06/30/2014
Last Revised: 06/30/2014