Nutrition Education for Cancer

What you eat matters. Research shows that eating a primarily plant-based, whole foods diet including a wide variety of vegetables, fruits, beans and whole grains is beneficial for preventing disease and improving health.

The recent discovery of phytonutrients – compounds found in plant foods that help protect us from all types of disease including cancer – confirms that plant foods are important for cancer prevention, improving outcomes for those with cancer, and for optimal health.

Cancer and treatment-related side effects often interfere with a person’s ability to eat, resulting in fatigue and decreased quality of life. Research shows that proper nutrition for cancer patients can be highly beneficial and people with cancer who maintain their weight and muscles during treatment tend to recover and return to their usual activities more quickly once treatment is complete. Adequate nutrition during cancer treatment is essential for preserving muscles and maintaining energy during this time.

Nutrition counseling and education for cancer patients is provided by a registered, licensed dietitian. Education emphasizes optimal health during and after cancer treatment by following a plant-based, whole foods diet.

Topics discussed may include:

  • Managing treatment side effects
  • Nutrition for treatment recovery
  • Nutrition for cancer prevention
  • Nutritional supplements for cancer
  • Lifestyle dietary change
  • Weight management
  • Addressing questions regarding organic foods, special diets, “super” foods, etc.
  • Other nutrition-related topics based on individual needs