Cancer 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.

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.

Food as Medicine: Improving Health for Cancer Patients

Did you know that the food you eat can impact your health in many ways? Whether you’re looking to manage cancer treatment symptoms or nourish your body post-treatment, the right nutrients can make all the difference. The Food as Medicine program, designed specifically for cancer patients at Woman’s Cancer Pavilion, provides you with the tools and knowledge you need to support better health outcomes. By learning about the benefits of incorporating nutritional foods into your diet, you can take control of your health.

Participants will receive:

  • (1) Dietitian led nutrition education and cooking demonstration class
  • (1) Recipe book with healthy eating and wellness tips
  • A four-week subscription to a weekly produce box

Learn more and join us. Offered once monthly.


Cancer Pavilion patients may join us every 3rd Thursday in the Pavilion lobby for nutrition education and tastings of something healthy and delicious with a copy of the recipe to make it at home. 
 For more information, call 225-214-6340.

Cancer Support

Learn about you cancer nutrition support options at Woman's.

  • Counseling and Therapy

    Helping you get the nutrients you need to keep up your body weight, keep body tissue healthy, and fight infection.

  • Finding BALANCE

    Healthy eating habits, good nutrition and exercise can help patients deal with the effects of cancer and its treatment.