The Cancer-Nutrition Link

Good nutrition is part of a healthy lifestyle, along with exercise, weight management, not smoking, and reducing stress. Research suggests that these healthy lifestyle practices play a part in disease prevention, including the prevention of some types of cancer.


Good nutrition also plays a critical role during cancer treatment and needs to be an important part of your overall treatment plan. The foods you eat have an impact on your health on a daily basis, from increasing your energy level to supporting your immune system. Eating a healthy, minimally processed, plant-based diet not only benefits your overall health, but can also help you manage symptoms during treatment and promote survivorship.

It's important to work with a nutritionist who specializes in cancer. At Dana-Farber, our nutritionists are trained to work with cancer patients at all stages, from prevention through treatment, and ongoing survivorship. Whatever your situation, and wherever you are in your cancer journey, we will help you develop a plan to maximize all of the benefits and good nutrition you can get from food.

Learn more about nutrition services at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and how you can eat well during cancer treatment.

Try a sampling of some healthy recipes to support your immune system during treatment:

View more "Eating Well During Cancer" videos.

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  • Cancer and Nutrition Twitter Chat

    • mango Read a transcript of a Twitter chat on cancer and nutrition, hosted by Dana-Farber and Health Central and featuring Stacy Kennedy, Board Certified Specialist in Oncology Nutrition. Topics include managing side effects through diet, good foods to eat, and foods to avoid during treatment.
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  • Ask the Nutritionist

    • Do you have questions about making healthy food choices during and after cancer treatment? Our team of nutrition experts can help. Submit your question through our Ask the Nutritionist form.
    • To create a customized plan, please schedule an appointment with a Dana-Farber nutritionist by calling 617-632-3006.