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Eating healthy can be difficult, especially when you are going through cancer and cancer treatments.
Your taste buds can change, your appetite may decrease and you may feel queasy as a result of your cancer treatment.
Your diet plays a key role in how you feel and deal with treatments. Your body needs the nutrients found in a healthy diet of fruits, vegetables, lean meats, healthy grains and fats to fight infection and heal after treatment.
Eating well during cancer treatments can help you:
The way you eat during and after cancer treatments may be different than how you have eaten in the past. You may find that you have less appetite than other days or that you do not tolerate certain foods that you used to eat regularly.
When your appetite is low, ask your doctor about the following tips to stay nourished:
Some appetite loss is normal with cancer treatments. The American Cancer Society offers tips for patients and caregivers to help navigate changes in appetite. Contact your cancer care team if:
The American Cancer Society recommends trying to maintain a diet that includes a good balance of healthy fats, proteins, carbohydrates, water, vitamins and minerals and notes that each aspect plays a role:
Be sure to talk to your cancer team and loved ones about your diet and how it has changed and ask for help when it is needed.
Need a good recipe? Try making a yummy sherbet shake, tangy protein smoothie or homemade soup.
Cancer is a journey that no one expects to take. The cancer experts at Edward-Elmhurst Health will partner with you every step of the way.
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