Cancer Treatment Nutrition Therapy
Cancer treatment destroys cancer cells, but it can also damage and destroy healthy cells. Eating the right kinds and amounts of food can repair healthy cells and maintain your weight. Eating well can also help you stay strong, give you energy, and cope with the side effects of the treatment.
Healthy eating during cancer treatment includes:
Eating Enough Calories
Calories give your body energy which keeps you strong and keeps your weight stable. Calories come from:
Protein (Needed for muscle and tissue repair and to keep your immune system strong).
Sources: chicken, fish, beef, pork, turkey, eggs, nuts, seeds, soy, yogurt, milk, and beans.
Carbohydrates (Give your body fuel for energy).
Sources: whole grains, fruits, and starchy vegetables.
Fats (Provide calories, can help you absorb nutrients and make important hormones).
Sources: oils, nuts, seeds, avocados, and animal products.
Drinking Enough Water
- Needed by your cells to function.
- Helps your kidneys work well.
Getting Vitamins and Minerals
- Helps turn food into energy, heal wounds, keep your immune system strong, and repair cell damage.
- Ask your doctor if it is safe for you to take vitamin and mineral supplements during treatment.
Good Eating Habits
- Eat regular meals and snacks every day.
- Eat a variety of food. Include fruits and vegetables, as well as whole grains, lean proteins, healthy fats, low‑fat dairy foods.
- Avoid foods with no nutritional benefits (added sugars, alcohol).