Eating Well During Therapy

Given what is known about the benefits of nutrition and adequate calories and protein, good nutrition can be a strong ally during cancer treatment. Below is a list of tips you might consider.

Weight Loss

  • Eat nutrient-dense foods first to avoid getting full too quickly on other things.
  • Keep indulgent foods on hand for when absolutely nothing else will do.
  • Add powdered milk to liquid milk. Sprinkle grated cheese in soups and on vegetables.

Lack of Energy

  • Ask for help with food shopping and meal preparation.
  • Use disposable plates and plastic utensils to avoid after-meal chores, such as washing dishes.
  • Try finger foods. Cheese, bananas with peanut butter and avocado sandwiches are quick and satisfying.


  • Take anti-nausea medication as directed.
  • Cold foods are often better tolerated.
  • Make sure food-preparation areas are properly ventilated. Odors may worsen nausea.

Mouth Sores

  • Choose soft textures, and moisten solid foods with sauces or gravies.
  • Stay away from acidic, spicy and salty items, as well as tobacco and alcohol, as they irritate the mouth.
  • Take pain medication before meals or as prescribed.


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.