Eating Well During Chemotherapy

Practicing healthy eating habits throughout cancer treatment is essential. Staying hydrated and maintaining muscle tissue with enough fluids, calories and nutrients can reduce treatment delays, boost your immune system and help minimize debilitating side effects such as fatigue.

Navigating reliable, useful information can be overwhelming. We want to help you and your caregivers with suggestions for maintaining a healthy diet during chemotherapy. Share this information with family and friends who often ask, "What can I do to help?”. You, your friends and family can all benefit from taking control of nutrition.

Eating for Cancer and Treatment

Nutrition plays a major role in cancer development and treatment. Learn which foods to enjoy, which to limit, and how to best use nutrition to adapt to the side effects of cancer treatment.

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Popular Diets and Dietary Supplements

Once diagnosed with cancer, many people experience a strong desire to take control of their health with nutrition. Learn about popular anti-cancer diets, dietary supplements, and how to get the vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals you need from your diet.

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Nutrition Resources - Finding More Information

During cancer treatment, it is essential to have access to a variety of reliable nutrition resources in order to make informed choices. This section provides guidance in locating such resources.

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Nutrition Resources - Cooking, Shopping and Planning

Individual diagnosis and treatment may require modification of diet. In addition, fatigue, information overload and the desire of family and friends to provide assistance can create considerable stress for the patient. This section provides information on modifying your diet, planning meals and snacks and communicating needs to family and friends.

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Managing Nutrition After Chemotherapy

Anyone who has had cancer knows that they never want to have cancer again. Nutrition plays a role in about 30% of cancer cases. A healthy lifestyle can help you recover after cancer, and help decrease your recurrence risk.

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Dealing With Side Effects

Learn how to combat the treatment related side effects that may complicate maintaining an adequate level of nutrition.

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Modified Diets

Learn about the special diets that are sometimes used to maximize tolerance and avoid chemotherapy complications.

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MyConsult Online Nutrition Consultation

Cleveland Clinic's MyConsult Online Nutrition Consultations is a secure, online program that connects you to a registered dietitian from the Center for Human Nutrition from the comfort of home. Dietitians will develop a personalized, comprehensive nutrition program based on your unique requirements. After you answer a series of simple questions, a dietitian will review your needs, help you establish realistic goals, and offer you the right combination of healthy eating changes, meal planning, and helpful tips to start you on your way to a healthier future.

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