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How should I eat before starting chemotherapy?

Even if your cancer treatment has not yet begun, start eating as well as you can right away. Make sure your diet includes plenty of calories and protein. Following the recommendations on the Food Guide Pyramid is a good way to do this. Good nutrition will help you:

  • build extra strength for healing
  • prevent body tissue from breaking down
  • fight off infection
  • cope with higher doses of cancer treatment

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