Nutrition for Children with Cancer

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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

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)

A Guide to Cancer Surgery (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 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

Eating Hints for Cancer Patients: Before During, and After Treatment, NCI Pamphlet, 1997. Available at 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

National organizations and Web sites*

US Department of Health and Human Services
Web site:

    “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:

    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:

    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:

    Has information about childhood cancers and long-term follow-up guidelines for after treatment

Teens Living with Cancer
Web site:

    Information is specifically for teens and covers many cancer topics, including nutrition and exercise (US Department of Agriculture)
Toll-free number: 1-888-779-7264 (8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday-Friday)
TTY: 301-504-6856
Web site:

    For answers to diet questions and information on healthy eating

*Inclusion on this list does not imply endorsement by the American Cancer Society.

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

Last Medical Review: 06/30/2014
Last Revised: 06/30/2014