Why Good Nutrition is Important for Cancer Patients

Importance of Nutrition for Cancer Patients

Proper nutrition is essential to maintaining good physical and mental health.

At Hematology and Oncology Consultants of PA, we counsel cancer patients on healthy eating as part of our emphasis on caring for the whole person, not just treating cancer.

A balanced and nutritious diet feeds your body with what it needs to stay strong and maintain a healthy body weight. It also can provide you with nourishment your body needs to heal.

What is nutrition?

Nutrition is the food your body converts into usable energy.

A nutritious diet consists of foods that provide your body with what it needs to function such as vitamins, minerals, proteins, carbohydrates, fats and water.

Dietary supplements

Sometimes cancer patients lose their appetite as a side effect of treatment. Sometimes they find it difficult to eat well, as some treatments may affect taste, smell and the ability to consume the amount of food the body needs.

If a cancer patient is unable to maintain proper nutrition through food alone, his or her doctor or nutritionist may recommend dietary supplements.

Talk to your doctor

If you are a cancer patient who has concerns about nutrition, talk to your doctor.

When you do, be honest about your nutritional habits and the foods you enjoy. Your doctor can work with you to identify nutritional habits that fit your lifestyle or recommend a professional who specializes in nutrition if needed.