Nutrition During and After Cancer Treatment

Articles about nutrition issues, including diarrhea, loss of appetite and more, written by OncoLink's nutrition experts. Links to useful websites about nutrition issues.


Nutrition During Cancer Treatment

An overview of nutrition concerns during cancer treatment, including diarrhea, poor appetite, mouth sores, constipation, nausea and weight gain/loss.

Taste Changes During Cancer Therapy

Taste changes can occur in people being treated for cancer with chemotherapy and/or radiation. This hand-out provides tips for managing taste changes associated with cancer and treatment.

Loss of Appetite

Loss of appetite is when you do not feel hungry, or you have no desire or interest in eating. This can be a side effect of some treatments for cancer or from the cancer itself. This handout offers tips for coping with a loss of appetite from cancer and cancer therapy.

Low Fiber Diet for Diarrhea

Addresses using a low fiber diet to control diarrhea, what foods to eat and what to avoid, especially for those with cancer or undergoing cancer therapy.

Cachexia in the Cancer Patient

Cachexia, sometimes referred to as cancer cachexia or cancer anorexia cachexia, is a wasting syndrome in which both fat and muscle are lost due to the presence of a chronic disease, such as cancer, and malnourishment (not eating enough nutrients). 

Feeding Tubes: The Basics

Information about feeding tubes, which are used to supply nutrition when an individual is unable to eat or absorb nutrients through the gastrointestinal (GI) tract.

Nutrition Tips When Having Surgery

Good nutrition is an important part of recovery after surgery. A well balanced diet, including protein and vitamin C, helps play an important role in healing and re-building tissue after surgery.

Post-Esophagectomy Diet

Provides tips to coping with common side effects after esophagectomy, what foods to avoid and what is often well tolerated.

Resources for More Information: Nutrition During Treatment

The internet can be a valuable resource for a patient who wants to find out more information about their nutrition during cancer treatment. However, remember that not every website contains accurate and reliable information. The websites listed below offer up to date information and resources.

Blogs

Nutrition and Diet for Prostate Cancer [Webinar]
by Carolyn Vachani, MSN, RN, AOCN
September 6, 2013

Brown Bag Chat: Exercise, Nutrition & Cancer
by Carolyn Vachani, MSN, RN, AOCN
February 21, 2010

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