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Cancer Survivorship

Nutrition Guidelines

Nutrition Guidelines for Cancer Survivors

Most often, any eating-related side effects of your cancer treatment will go away once the treatment ends. In some cases, side effects such as little or no appetite, dry mouth, change in taste or smell, trouble swallowing, or significant weight loss may last for a while after treatment is over. If this happens to you, your Geisinger health care team can help you work out a plan to resolve the issues.

Here are some suggestions for healthy eating after cancer

  • Be sure to check with your health care team for any food or diet restrictions.
  • Ask your nutritionist or dietitian to help you create a nutritious, balanced eating plan.
  • Choose a variety of foods from all the food groups. Try to eat at least 5 to 7 servings a day of fruits and vegetables, including citrus fruits and dark-green and deep-yellow vegetables.
  • Try buying a new fruit, vegetable, low-fat food, or whole grain product each time you shop for groceries.
  • Eat plenty of high-fiber foods, such as whole grain breads and cereals.
  • Decrease the amount of fat in your meals by baking or broiling foods.
  • Choose low-fat milk and dairy products.
  • Avoid salt-cured, smoked, and pickled foods.
  • If you choose to drink, drink alcohol only occasionally.
  • If you are overweight, consider losing weight by reducing the amount of fat in your diet and increasing your activity. Be sure to check with your doctor before starting any exercise program.

As you begin to feel better, you may be curious about how to manage a healthy diet program. Like you wanted to enter your treatment with the necessary nutrient stores that your diet could give you, we encourage you to do the best for yourself now that treatment is over. There's scarcely little research to suggest that the foods you eat will keep your cancer from coming back, but eating well will help you regain your strength, rebuild tissue, and feel better overall. And certainly, what you eat can help reduce risk for other cancers.

Eat healthy. Be healthy.