Updated: Feb 15
Getting proper nutrition during cancer treatment is the best thing you can do to help you feel better and stay stronger. As you may already know, cancer and its treatment can leave you with little to no appetite. It can also inhibit your ability to tolerate certain foods or nutrients. Many doctors recommend a low-fiber diet to help you manage the symptoms and affects of chemotherapy and radiation. Many may not realize the important connection between cancer and nutrition. Below are some tips to help.
Types of food to eat while in cancer treatment
Most doctors recommend a low fiber diet during cancer treatments to help reduce diarrhea and cramping. Below are a few recommendations from the American Cancer Society:
Meats and protein
Fish and shellfish
Ground meat (beef, turkey)
Lean and tender cuts of meat
Smooth peanut butter
Cereal (no wheat or whole grain)
Crackers (no wheat or whole grain)
Vegetables and potatoes
Cooked sweet or white potatoes (no skin)
Juices (no pulp or spices)
Well-cooked fresh or canned vegetables (avoid seeds, stems and skins)
Fruits and desserts
Well-cooked fresh or canned fruits (no seeds or skins)
Cookies (no wheat, whole grain, dried fruit, berries, nuts or coconut)
Condiments (mayonnaise, ketchup, mustard, sugar, honey, syrup)
Margarine or butter
Eating smaller meals more frequently throughout the day will help your body digest the food more easily. It is also important to remember that low-fiber diets will cause fewer bowel movements and smaller stools, so you will likely need to increase your fluid intake to help prevent constipation. Be sure to drink plenty of water and juice (in moderation, as noted above).
If you’d like to discuss your cancer treatments or learn more about proper nutrition during treatment, call the START Center today at (210) 745-6841 or request an appointment.