When you’re undergoing cancer treatment, meeting your nutritional
needs will help you feel better and keep your side effects in check so
you have the strength to fight your disease. The nutrition you need changes
when you undergo cancer treatment. When you’re at the
hospital receiving care, ask for advice about what foods are good for you. Here
are some of the things you should keep in mind about nutrition while you’re
Food Safety Matters
If you’re receiving chemotherapy for cancer, your immune system may
be compromised by your treatment. It is more important than ever to
pay attention to food safety to avoid germs. Be sure to wash your hands before eating or cooking and
wash all fruits and veggies before eating. Avoid cross-contamination by
keeping raw meats away from cooked foods and make sure foods are cooked
thoroughly before eating. Choose pasteurized milk and juice and avoid
raw honey. While dining out, skip salad bars and sushi.
Your Appetite May Change
Surgery, radiation therapy, and chemotherapy can all affect your appetite.
If you’re suffering from nausea and vomiting, getting the right
nutrition can be challenging. However, it’s important to still eat
as well as you can to support your recovery. Try eating smaller meals
or snacks when you’re not feeling well, and avoid fried, greasy
foods that are hard to digest. On days that you feel better, make an effort
to eat a normal diet. If the side effects of treatment are consistently
making it difficult to eat, consult your doctor for advice.
Fat and Alcohol Consumption May Be Risky
There are studies that indicate that saturated fat and alcohol could be
linked to the development of certain kinds of cancer. Consuming them may
also impact the risk of cancer coming back in the future. Talk to your
doctor about your particular case and whether these items are safe for
you during cancer care.
At Regional Medical Center of San Jose, our oncology teams are dedicated
to supporting you during and after your cancer care. You can learn more about our
San Jose hospital’s cancer care program and request a referral to a specialist by calling
our hospital at (408) 259-4000.