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Good nutrition is essential to keep you strong during treatment. Although your diet and appetite may change during this period, your body needs fuel to repair.

Eating enough food is often not a problem when you’re healthy. Yet eating during a cancer treatment can pose a challenge for some patients. You may need to fortify your food intake with extra protein or calories.

Maintaining good nutrition during treatment can provide several benefits, including:

  • Preserve lean body cell mass
  • Support immune function
  • Decrease risk of infection
  • Rebuild body tissue
  • Improve tolerance to treatment
  • Alleviate treatment side effects


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I'm jeastburn, and I'm a survivor of Uterine Cancer
Hi Everyone: New to the cancer journey and new to this group. I was diagnosed with uterine cancer last month and am currently recovering from a radical hysterectomy and anticipating a treatment re...
  • Sat Jul 28, 2018 · Like1
Hi, I'm JOHN R L.
It has been a few years since my last treatment. After my first treatment, nothing tasted good. A nutritionist started me on smoothies, made with an egg and powdered milk, fruit, water and choppe...
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Hi, I'm Tomvb
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Hi, I'm Joanne E I.
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Created Jun 14, 2011
Some cancer treatments can make you more likely to get infections, therefore you'll want to take special care in the way you handle and prepare food. Here are a variety of special tips to consider,... more
Updated Jun 10, 2011
Problems such as pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or a sore mouth may make eating difficult and cause you to lose your appetite. The UCSF Medical Center has provided some suggestions to help ensure... more
Created Jun 8, 2011
Vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals are all critical for the proper functioning of your immune system.
Created Jun 8, 2011
Good nutrition and avoiding weight loss is very important during treatment. Therefore the Cancer Centers of America has compiled a list of food choices that will assist the function of your immune ... more