Wellness through Nutrition

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Managing Nutrition-Related Side Effects of Cancer Treatment
Tips You Can Chew On

by Carly Roop, RD, LDN, CSO

Many studies have found that good nutrition plays a role in improved cancer survival. How­ever, treatment-related side effects, if left unmanaged, can complicate things. Side effects can compromise a person’s ability to get the nutrition they need and stay on course with their treatment. As a nutrition counselor, my job is to help you prevent and manage side ef­fects that interfere with good nutrition during treatment.

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Eat Well. Be Well.

by Mary-Eve Brown, RD, LDN, CSO

When you’re being treated for cancer, it can be difficult to get the nutrition you need. Side effects of the disease and its treat­ment can interfere with your ability to eat well. However, research has shown that people who maintain their weight and strength during treatment are better able to handle treatment-related side effects and have an overall better quality of life. If you’re having trouble eating well during treatment, consider the fol­lowing strategies for overcoming the barriers to good nutrition.

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A Recipe for Preventing Weight Loss during Treatment

Many people with cancer experi­ence a loss of appetite and a decrease in food intake, which can result in significant weight loss. Pre­venting weight loss is important to help your body heal and recover from the side effects of cancer therapy.

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