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.
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.
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.
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.
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?”
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.
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.
by Elise B. Cushman, MS, RD, CSO, LD
As important as it is to eat well during cancer treatment, for many survivors, finding the motivation to do so can be challenging. Cancer can put you in a hypermetabolic (fuel-burning) state that can rob your muscles of protein and cause weight loss, depleting your stamina and leaving you easily fatigued. So what can you do to overcome these barriers to good nutrition?