Nutrition and cancer

Many people have problems eating well during and after cancer treatment. This may be caused by the cancer or caused by the cancer treatments.

Side effects such as fatigue, loss of appetite, changes in taste and smell, chewing and swallowing problems, dry mouth, nausea, vomiting, constipation, diarrhoea or other types of bowel irritation and heartburn can often be managed. During or after cancer treatment you could be at risk of an infection and you’ll need to take care preparing, storing and cooking food. An accredited practicing dietitian, nutritionist or speech pathologist can also help you manage eating problems.

This information has been prepared to help you understand more about nutrition, and to provide information about eating well during and after cancer treatment.

We have included tips on ways to manage common eating problems, plus recipes to make at home. We cannot give advice about the best diet for you. You need to discuss this with your doctors, nurses and dietitians. However, we hope this information will answer some of your questions and help you think about other questions to ask your treatment team or dietitian.

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This information was last reviewed in May 2016
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