Cancer and Nutrition

For many patients, the effects of cancer and cancer treatments make it hard to eat well. Cancer and cancer treatments may affect taste, smell, appetite and the ability to eat enough food or absorb the nutrients from food. This can cause malnutrition and cause the patient to be weak, tired and unable to fight infections or get through cancer treatment. Having enough protein and calories is important for healing, fighting infection and having enough energy.

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Learn about your Nutrition Support options at Woman’s.

Eating the right kinds of foods before, during and after cancer treatment can help you feel better and stay stronger. 

Healthy eating habits that are good for cancer patients can be very different from the usual healthy eating guidelines because cancer can change the way the body uses food. Patients who are well nourished may have a better prognosis (chance of recovery) and quality of life.

  • Nutrition counseling and therapy is used to help cancer patients get the nutrients they need to keep up their body weight and strength, keep body tissue healthy, and fight infection.
  • Healthy eating habits and good nutrition can help patients deal with the effects of cancer and its treatment. Learn about the BALANCE program »