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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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Lost Appetite?

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?

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Serving Up Tips for Regaining a Lost Appetite

by Kalli Castille, MS, RD, LD

A nutritionally balanced diet is an important part of a healthy lifestyle. This is especially vital when you’re fighting cancer. Good nutrition helps keep your body and immune system strong to help prevent malnutrition and other complications that could interrupt your treatment.

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Managing Nutrition-Related Side Effects of Cancer Treatment

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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