Nutritional tips for cancer and beyond
Coping with changes in your eating habits may seem overwhelming, but eating the right foods before, during, and after your treatment can help the healing process. A healthy diet is important for:
- Maintaining a healthy weight
- Supplying the body with fuel and nutrients for repair and healing
- Preventing recurrence of the cancer or the development of new cancer
Choosing a low-fat diet that is more plant-based has been proven to help reduce risk certain kinds of cancer.
General diet tips for better health
- Eat more fish, lean poultry, and beans. Limiting red meats and heavily processed meats can reduce colon cancer risk.
- Increase your intake of fruits and vegetables. Aim for 2 servings of fruit and 3 servings of vegetables daily. These provide beneficial fiber and antioxidants, which can fight disease.
- Use whole grains such as whole wheat, bran and oat cereals, whole wheat bread, and brown rice. Even corn is a whole grain. Whole grains provide fiber and B-vitamins.
- Use low fat dairy products including skim or 1% milk and yogurt. Reducing animal fat has been linked to decreased risk of disease.
- Cut back on salt and high sodium foods. Recent studies show a link between excess salt consumption and stomach cancer.
A certified oncology dietitian, specially trained to help cancer patients maintain nutritional balance, is available to you at any time. Your dietitian can meet with you for a private consultation and will then work with you to develop an individualized nutrition plan to your unique needs and goals.
Special nutrition needs
Cancer and its treatments can sometimes cause nutrition-related side effects and concerns. Below is information on how to manage some of the more common nutritional concerns. We are here to help if you have questions on how to manage your nutrition needs. For more information, call (319) 558-4876 or send us an email.
- Calcium Vitamin D for Bone Health (PDF)
- Diet for Constipation (PDF)
- Diet for Diarrhea (PDF)
- Increasing Calories & Protein (includes Recipes) (PDF)
- Nutrition During Chemotherapy (PDF)
Helpful resource links
- Appetizers & Dips
- Main Dishes
- Side Dishes
The power of food for cancer prevention and survival
Certain diet patterns seem to have a major effect in helping cancer survivors to live longer, healthier lives. Numerous studies have shown that a diet built from plant foods offers the most cancer-fighting protection of any diet plan. Reviews by the American Institute for Cancer Research showed that as much as 40 percent of cancer risk may be related to diet. Cooking demonstrations at Helen G. Nassif Community Cancer Center offer a unique opportunity to acquire knowledge about the link between diet and cancer, experience the benefits of plant-based nutrition, and learn the practical cooking skills needed to help you on your journey to better health. In our oncology certified dietitian-lead cooking demonstrations, attendees do all of this while enjoying a cooking demonstration and tasting delicious, healthful dishes.
To find out more about our cooking demonstrations check our events calendar or call (319) 369-8027.
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