Good food for a good life.
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, plant-based diet has been proven to help the reduce risk for 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.
- 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)
Not sure how to prepare some of the foods your doctor is recommending? We’re here to show you how to get the nutrition you need from dishes you’ll love.