How can nutrition therapy help me manage the side effects of breast cancer?

Some common ailments breast cancer patients experience include weight loss, weight gain, fatigue, nausea, diarrhea and constipation. Also, breast cancer and its treatment can bring about metabolic changes that cause or aggravate symptoms of diabetes.

Your dietitian can recommend diet modifications based on your breast cancer treatment regime, micronutrient deficiencies and nutrition impact symptoms.

The following are ways breast cancer nutrition therapy can help combat the side effects of treatment:
  • If you experience nausea, your dietitian may recommend that you eat more cold foods because they don’t have a strong odor, as well as lower-fat items since fats take longer to digest.
  • If you experience constipation, your dietitian may encourage you to eat fiber-rich foods and increase your fluid intake.
  • To combat fatigue, your dietitian may recommend high-protein snacks and small, frequent meals rather than large meals.
  • To help prevent breast cancer recurrence, your dietitian may encourage you to eat more cruciferous vegetables (e.g., broccoli, kale, cabbage).

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