The Pocket Guide to Nutrition and Cancer

The question, “What should l eat?” is common after a cancer diagnosis. It may be prompted by concern about side effects or the search for a cancer-curing diet.

“Whatever you feel like eating—it doesn’t really matter” is often the answer. Oncologists see many patients lose their appetites, struggle with nausea, and lose weight during treatment. However, physicians receive little training in nutrition. Research shows many connections between diet and cancer, from the strong association of obesity and alcohol consumption with cancer risk to the potential benefits of carotene- and sulforaphane-containing foods such as broccoli. Eating during and beyond treatment may mean considering your common sense amid messages from many “experts.”

Food can help heal the body, mind, and spirit. It can convey the message “I care about you” from a caregiver and help people dealing with cancer focus on self-care. Foods that fight cancer and inflammation contribute to whole-person healing regardless of the ultimate treatment outcome.

Topics: Cancer | Diet | Nutrition

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