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It may be helpful to know that many people who undergo cancer treatment experience few or no eating-related side effects. Even if you do have such side effects, they may be mild, and most go away after cancer treatment ends. Also, there are new drugs now that can work well to control these problems.
Having a positive attitude, talking out your feelings, becoming well-informed about your cancer and treatment, and planning ways to cope with possible side effects may help you:
  • Reduce worry and anxiety
  • Feel more in control
  • Keep your appetite.
It's important to give food a chance. Even if you do experience eating problems, you'll have days when eating is a pleasure.
Eat a Healthy Diet
A healthy, nutritious diet is vital for a person's body to work its best. This is even more important for people with cancer. If you've been eating a healthy diet, you'll go into treatment with reserves to help:
  • Keep up your strength
  • Prevent body tissue from breaking down
  • Rebuild tissue
  • Maintain your defenses against infection.
People who eat well are better able to cope with side effects. You may even be able to handle higher doses of certain treatments. For example, we know that some cancer treatments are actually much more effective if the person is well-nourished and getting enough calories and protein in his or her diet.
Don't be afraid to try new foods. Some things you may never have liked before may taste good to you during treatment.
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