Food and Nutrition Facts
This fact sheet discusses how eating well helps people living with cancer to feel better and stay stronger during and after cancer treatment. Patients who eat well and maintain their weight often tolerate treatment side effects better. Good nutrition also helps the body to replace blood cells and tissues that are broken down as a result of treatment.
People living with cancer may have different nutrition goals and challenges, depending on their:
- Type of disease or treatment
- Stage of disease or treatment
- Other medical conditions such as high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes or depression.
Your disease and treatment may increase your body's need for calories and protein. Chemotherapy, certain other drug therapies and radiation therapy also create a need for more calories and protein each day. At the same time, the side effects of your treatment may make it a challenge for you to take in enough calories and protein.