Cancer and Nutrition

For many patients, the effects of cancer and cancer treatments make it hard to eat well. Cancer and cancer treatments may affect taste, smell, appetite and the ability to eat enough food or absorb the nutrients from food. This can cause malnutrition and cause the patient to be weak, tired and unable to fight infections or get through cancer treatment. Having enough protein and calories is important for healing, fighting infection and having enough energy. 

Eating the right kinds of foods before, during and after cancer treatment can help you feel better and stay stronger.

Healthy eating habits that are good for cancer patients can be very different from the usual healthy eating guidelines because cancer can change the way the body uses food. Learn why patients who are well nourished may have a better prognosis (chance of recovery) and quality of life.