Nutrition for the Person With Cancer During Treatment

Nutrition is an important part of cancer treatment. Eating the right kinds of foods before, during, and after treatment can help you feel better and stay stronger. But cancer and its treatment can cause problems that can make it hard to eat. Not everyone with cancer has nutrition-related side effects, but this information can help you address them if and when they come up.

If you have any questions or concerns about nutrition, you should talk to a doctor, nurse, or dietitian. A registered dietitian can be one of your best sources of information. If you are going to meet with a dietitian, be sure to write down your questions before your meeting so you won’t forget anything. And be sure to ask the dietitian to repeat or explain anything that’s not clear.

You can find more on nutrition during cancer treatment in the American Cancer Society cookbook What To Eat During Cancer Treatment. You can also find samples of healthy recipes in Eat Healthy.

For more information or to find a registered dietitian, contact the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.