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Cancer Got Your Appetite?

by Elise Cushman, MS, RD, CSO, LD

Cancer comes with many side effects. Appetite loss is one of them – and a common one at that. In people with cancer, a loss of appetite can stem from the cancer itself; anxiety or depression due to the diagnosis and its treatment; and, of course, cancer treatment, particu­larly chemotherapy and radiation.

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Get Your Digestive Tract Back on Track

by Marie Morande, RD, CSO, LD

No matter what type of cancer treatment you receive – radiation, chemotherapy, or surgery – all of them pose potential side effects. And some of the most common side effects involve the gastro­intestinal tract, also called the digestive tract. Cancer treatment can affect your body’s ability to absorb food, and can cause disruptive gastrointestinal issues. These gastrointestinal complications may include nausea and vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, and sore mouth.

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A Recipe for Getting the Nutrition You Need during Cancer Treatment

by Holly Clegg

Anyone who’s been diagnosed with cancer knows that cancer and the side effects of treatment can affect the body in many differ­ent ways. People undergoing cancer treatment may experience loss of appetite, taste and smell changes, sore throat, diarrhea, consti­pation, and a lack of energy. All these changes can make maintaining adequate calories and nutrition difficult.

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Food for Life

by Maria Petzel, RD, CSO, LD, CNSC, FAND

When you’re undergoing can­cer treatment, so many things can seem out of your control. However, one thing most survivors can control is nutrition. During treatment, making the right food choices can help you manage symptoms, improve your tolerance of treatment, and increase your quality of life. Once treatment ends, good nutri­tion can help rebuild your body after cancer.

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Cook for Your Life

by Ann Ogden Gaffney

I love to cook, and I live to eat. Two cancer diagnoses couldn’t put a dent in that, but they did get me thinking about food. When you have cancer, cooking isn’t just about healthy eating; it is also about feelings, both physical and men­tal.

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Eat Well. Be Well.

by Julie Lanford, MPH, RD, CSO, LDN

Having cancer can change how you see the world. You want to make the most of each day, you are more grateful for family and friends, and you ask yourself, “What can I do to be healthy during and after treatment?”

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Eating Well during Cancer Treatment

by Carolyn Katzin, MS, CNS

“What should I eat now?” After a cancer diagnosis, most people want to know what changes they should make in their diet. After all, eating is one of the few areas that cancer survivors can exercise control over once a diagnosis has been made and treatment begins.

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Don’t Underestimate the Importance of Good Nutrition during Cancer Treatment

by Jennifer Fitzgibbon, MS, RDN, CSO, CDN

A cancer diagnosis is life alter­ing, to say the least. As soon as you hear the words “you have cancer,” you are thrust into a world of complex medical language, difficult treatment decisions, and overwhelming emotions. Your diet is probably the last thing on your mind.

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