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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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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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What Breast Cancer Survivors Need to Know about Osteoporosis & Vitamin D Deficiency

by Nancy Waltman, PhD, APRN-NP

As a breast cancer survivor, you will face ongoing health challenges even after you’ve won your battle against cancer. One such challenge will be to keep your bones healthy and strong to reduce your risk of developing osteoporosis, a condition that causes bone loss and fractures. Osteoporosis is a major health concern for postmenopausal women, and breast cancer survivors are at even greater risk for developing the condition.

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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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The Dish on Good Nutrition for Cancer Survivors

by Cara Anselmo, MS, RDN, CDN

Maintaining good nutrition during and after cancer treat­ment is essential for recovery. A healthy diet can help boost energy, regulate body weight, fight infection, and decrease treatment-related side effects. It also can (and should!) be a delicious part of your daily life.

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