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Eating well during chemotherapy treatment can be a challenge. Chemotherapy can affect both appetite and flavor preference. Foods may start to taste strange or take on a metallic taste. In addition, there are many other symptoms that may affect your ability to keep yourself well-nourished. Fatigue, bowel changes (diarrhea or constipation), mouth sores and nausea are common.
Finding nutritious foods that taste good while experiencing chemo-related side effects may present challenges. But don't despair. There are many ways to keep your body healthy and your immune system supported during treatment. Here are some of the most common symptoms and ways you can address them through your diet:
Adequate hydration is especially important for anyone going through cancer treatment. A fresh juice is a great way to stay hydrated while providing many servings of fruits and vegetables, which in turn, will help to boost your energy level and support your immune system. Watch a demonstration of how to make your own fresh juice.
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 help manage symptoms during cancer treatment:
"Eating Well During Cancer" videos.
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Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women's Cancer Center has one of the largest outpatient oncology nutrition departments in the United States. Our team is a diverse set of professionals, each with a specialized area of expertise.
Our recipes are developed by Dana-Farber's staff of registered and board-certified dieticians. They feature a varied selection of dishes – including a few sweet treats you don't need to feel guilty about.