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Eating Well During Cancer

  • This video series and resource toolkit features Dana-Farber nutrition specialist Stacy Kennedy, MPH, RD, CSO, LDN, and explores how diet can help support your health and wellbeing during and after cancer treatment.


    The Cancer-Nutrition Link

    Cancer and Nutrition video screenshotGood 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.


    Why a Balanced, Plant-Based Diet Is Good for Your Health

    Plant-Based Diet video screenshot Studies continue to support a link between obesity and increased risk for certain cancers. Eating a healthy, plant-based, balanced diet can not only help you manage your weight, but may also help reduce your risk for developing certain cancers, while supporting your immune system, helping you feel well during treatment, and promoting healthy survivorship.


    Managing Symptoms during Chemotherapy Treatment

    Managing Symptoms video screenshot Finding nutritious foods that taste good while experiencing chemo-related side effects may present challenges. But there are many ways to keep your body healthy and your immune system supported through eating certain foods during treatment. (Includes video demonstration on making your own fresh juice)


    How to Lose Weight after Cancer Treatment

    How to Lose Weight video screenshot It's not uncommon to gain weight during or after cancer treatment. Weight gain may be a result of a combination of factors, including disease- or treatment-induced hormonal effects or changes. But unwanted weight gain can be managed, and even reversed, by following some simple, healthy eating and activity guidelines. (Includes video demonstration on making a turkey wrap)


    How to Gain Weight after Cancer Treatment

    How to Gain Weight video screenshot When going through cancer treatment, it's common to experience a loss of appetite, taste changes, or other symptoms that make it difficult or less desirable to eat. Some people find that they lose weight as a result of their particular cancer or treatments and are concerned about how to gain it back. Learn about steps you can take to prevent excess weight loss and promote healthy weight gain during and after cancer treatment. (Includes video demonstration on making a smoothie)

    Vitamins and Supplements: The Benefits of Food First

    Vitamins and Supplements video screenshot Vitamins and supplements are a big area of conversation, controversy, and research. When considering ways to ensure that you are getting the nutrients you need for optimal health, it's important to think about the benefits of "food first."
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    Nutrition Services

    Our nutrition experts help patients follow a healthy diet during and after cancer treatment.
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    Ask the Nutritionists

    Do you have questions about making healthy food choices during and after cancer treatment? Our team of nutrition experts can help.

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    Delicious and Nutritious Recipes

    Our recipe collection features a varied selection of dishes that will get you started in the morning and keep you going through the day – including a few sweet treats you don't need to feel guilty about.