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People with cancer have unique nutritional needs and issues related to eating; what's more, these needs may change thoughout the cancer experience. Your appetite may change from day to day.

Foods may not taste or smell the way they did before treatment. You may be surprised by some of the foods that appeal to you during your treatment. Cancer and cancer treatments can also cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, mouth sores and swallowing problems, all of which affect what and how you eat. 

No matter what side effects you may experience, nutrition is an essential part of dealing with cancer and cancer treatment. Eating well will help keep you strong and supply you with the nutrients your body needs. 

Below are a collection of recipes that can help ease some common side effects you may experience during treatment.

Before making any drastic changes to your diet, be sure to consult with your doctor or nutritionist. While these recipes may relieve common symptoms, your doctor may have you on a specific diet for your treatment plan.

If you have questions regarding your diet, please consult with your doctor. The information presented here is not intended to substitute the advice of your doctor or care team.

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This material is furnished for informational purposes and is for your personal use only. It is not intended as a substitute for the expertise, judgment and specific advice of your health care professional. Based on your condition and treatment plan you may have different dietary needs. Please consult with your doctor before making changes to your diet plan.

Reproduced, with permission, from Jeanne Besser et al., What to Eat During Cancer Treatment (Atlanta: American Cancer Society, 2009) 124. ©2009 by the American Cancer Society.