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Why should I eat healthy if I have cancer?

Eating well is very important for everyone but especially for people with cancer. Doctors and researchers have found that patients who eat well during their treatment periods -- especially those who eat diets high in protein and calories -- are better able to stand the side effects of the treatments. Those who eat well may even be able to withstand a higher dose of certain treatments.

Eating a well-balanced diet can help maintain your strength, can prevent body tissues from breaking down, and can help rebuild the normal tissues that have been affected by the treatments.

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