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For people with colon cancer, diet is an important consideration -- especially during treatment. It's important to consume enough calories to maintain a healthy body weight; getting enough protein will help you preserve your strength. While side effects of treatment can make eating well difficult, a dietitian or doctor can help patients follow a healthy colon cancer diet.

Colon Cancer Diet: An Overview

It is common for people with colon cancer to have questions about different foods to eat during treatment. Some patients are looking for a specific colon cancer diet. Yet it's important to know that there is no one food or special diet that has been proven to control colon cancer. Too much of any one food is not helpful, and may even be harmful.
It is important to eat well during cancer treatment. Eating well means getting enough calories to stay at a good weight. Getting enough protein to maintain your strength is also important. Good nutrition often helps people with colon cancer feel better and have more energy.
But eating well can be difficult. Patients may not feel like eating if they are uncomfortable or tired. Also, the side effects of treatment, such as poor appetite, nausea, vomiting, or mouth sores, can be a problem. Some people find that foods do not taste as good during cancer therapy.
A doctor, dietitian, or other healthcare provider can suggest ways to maintain a healthy colon cancer diet.
(Click Colon Cancer Nutrition for more information about a colon cancer diet, as well as useful ideas. Click Colon Cancer Recipes for helpful recipe ideas.)
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