Cancer Center

Nutrition Services

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What You Eat Matters

The right nutrition improves tolerance to cancer treatment, increases energy and immune function, rebuilds healthy cells, and decreases your risk of infection. This helps you complete your cancer treatments on schedule. Personalized nutritional counseling is a complimentary service of the Cancer Care & Research Center. Ask your physician or nurse for an appointment. 

What should I eat?

Nutritional needs during cancer treatment vary widely from person to person, depending on many factors. In general:

  • Choose a diet with many types of plant-based foods. Try substituting legumes (dried beans and peas) for meat at some meals each week.
  • Try to eat at least five colorful servings a day of fruits and vegetables, including citrus fruits and dark-green and deep-yellow vegetables. Colorful vegetables and fruits contain natural health-promoting substances called phytochemicals.
  • Include more high-fiber foods, such as legumes and whole grain breads and cereals, each day.
  • Make sure you are eating enough of the right kinds of protein.
  • Most of your fats should come from plant sources. Limit saturated fats. Avoid hydrogenated (trans) fats.
  • Choose salt-cured, smoked, and pickled foods less often.

I'm having trouble eating. What can I do?

For More Information


To learn more about your specific nutritional needs schedule an appointment with the Dietitian. Call 218.736.8688.