8 Healthy Foods for People With Cancer
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What to Eat to Feel Better

If you're going through cancer treatment or in recovery, you may have side effects like fatigue, nausea, lack of appetite, changed sense of taste, weight loss or weight gain. What you eat can help remedy these. Of course, not every cancer patient has the same nutrition needs; if in doubt, talk to your doctor. But keep these eight foods in mind when planning your meals: They can provide much-needed energy and comfort when you need it most.

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Medically Reviewed By: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS | Last Review Date:

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Medical References

  1. I Have Cancer - What Should I Eat? Health Essentials From Cleveland Clinic. http://health.clevelandclinic.org/2013/06/i-have-cancer-what-should-i-eat/
  2. Eating Hints: Before, During, and After Cancer Treatment. National Cancer Institute. http://www.cancer.gov/publications/patient-education/eating-hints
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  6. Make Your Own Trail Mix. Cancer Matters. http://www.cancermatters.com/survivorship/health-and-wellness/recipes/trail-mix/
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