When you’re healthy, eating enough food to get the nutrients and calories you need is easy.

But when you're treated for cancer, your diet might change to build up your strength and withstand the impacts of cancer and its treatment. You might need to eat foods that aren't usually recommended for a healthy person, namely those high in calories, fat and protein. The goal is to maintain a healthy body weight, improve your strength and reduce your risk of infection.

Treatments for cancer include surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, immunotherapy etc. Did you know that these treatments not only kill the cancerous cells in your body but also normal healthy cells? This damage will lead to various side effects which will affect what and how much you eat.

Common nutritional problems faced by cancer patients

  • Loss of appetite and weight loss
  • Sore mouth or throat
  • Loss sense of taste or smell
  • Nausea, vomiting and diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Feeling very tired all the time (fatigue)
  • Depression


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