Eating Well During Therapy

Nutrition therapy can be a strong ally during cancer and its treatment 

Given what is known about the benefits of nutrition and adequate calories and protein, good nutrition can be a strong ally during cancer treatment. Below is a list of tips patients should consider.

WEIGHT LOSS:

Eat nutrient-dense foods first so as not to get full too quickly on other things.

Keep indulgent foods on hand for when absolutely nothing else will do.

Add powdered milk to liquid milk. Sprinkle grated cheese in soups and on vegetables.

LACK OF ENERGY:

Ask for help with food shopping and meal preparation.

Eat off disposable plates and use plastic utensils to avoid after-meal chores, such as washing dishes.

Try finger foods. Cheese, bananas with peanut butter and avocado sandwiches are quick and satisfying.

NAUSEA:

Take anti-nausea medication as directed.

Cold foods are often better tolerated.

Make sure food preparation areas are properly ventilated. Odors may worsen nausea.

MOUTH SORES:

Choose soft textures and moisten solid foods with sauces or gravies.

Stay away from acidic, spicy and salty items, as well as tobacco and alcohol, as they irritate the mouth.

Take pain medication before meals or as prescribed.

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