Eating During Cancer Treatment


What kind of meal plan may I need to follow during cancer treatment? Your meal plan during cancer treatment should have enough calories and protein to help you heal and maintain your weight. During cancer treatment, you may need to try new foods and drinks. Ask your healthcare provider about the best meal plan for you during cancer treatment.

What nutrition changes may I need to make? Your healthcare provider may want to check your weight often. You may need to eat high-calorie foods if you are losing weight.

What can I do to manage nausea or vomiting?

What can I do to manage diarrhea?

What can I do to manage constipation?

What can I do to manage thick saliva or a dry mouth?

What can I do to manage trouble swallowing? You may need a swallowing test to find out what kinds of foods and liquids are best for you. Eat small meals that are high in calories and protein every few hours. Drink liquids between meals instead of with meals so you do not get full too quickly. Eat moist foods, or make dry foods moist with gravies, sauces, and dressings. Ask your healthcare provider what consistency your foods should have.

What can I do to manage a sore mouth, tongue, or throat?

What can I do to manage taste or smell changes?

What are some other guidelines for healthy eating?

When should I contact my healthcare provider?


You have the right to help plan your care. Discuss treatment options with your caregivers to decide what care you want to receive. You always have the right to refuse treatment. The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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