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Eating after Treatment

Most eating-related side effects of cancer treatment go away after treatment ends. However, some side effects such as poor appetite, changes in taste or smell, ability to swallow, or weight loss may last for some time. If this happens to you, talk with your health care team about a strategy for dealing with the problem.

After you complete treatment, you will want to focus your attention on eating a healthy diet to promote healing and recovery, and to help you regain your strength. Some tips for eating after cancer treatment you may want to consider include:

  • Check with your doctor for any food or diet restrictions
  • Ask a dietitian for help creating a nutritious, balanced eating plan
  • Select foods from all food groups and try to eat at least 5 to 7 servings each day of fruits and vegetables, including citrus fruits and dark-green and deep-yellow vegetables
  • Eat plenty of high-fiber foods, such as whole-grain breads and cereals
  • Decrease the amount of fat in your meals by eating foods that are baked or broiled
  • Choose low-fat milk and dairy products
  • Limit salt-cured, smoked, and pickled foods in your diet
  • Limit the amount of alcohol you drink
  • Combine a healthy diet with regular exercise—consult your doctor before starting any exercise program

>> Click here for “Nutrition and physical activity during and after cancer treatment—answers to common questions” from the American Cancer Society (ACS). 

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