Which should be the diet during cancer treatment? What advice and recommendations should you follow? How to maintain an optimal nutritional status? Read the information, advice, and recommendations below to adapt the diet to the treatment.
Most treatments are long and combine different types of therapy that can cause multiple side effects. The general dietary recommendations are similar for all oncological processes and stages of treatment, nevertheless, they should be adjusted according to the symptoms or side effects of each treatment.
Whatever the type of cancer, the location of the tumor, or the treatment stage (and if there is no specific recommendation from your doctor), the general recommendation is to follow a healthy and balanced diet which contains foods from all food groups in the adequate quantity and frequency.
Obtain the necessary nutrients so the body functions well
Maintain a good nutritional status
Maintain an adequate body weight
Keep the body hydrated
Better tolerate treatment and side effects
Fight possible infections
Maintain quality of life throughout the treatment
A healthy and balanced diet contains foods from all food groups in adequate quantity and frequency. It provides all the necessary nutrients to take good care of our body and its functions while ensuring energy and essential proteins for maintaining a good nutritional status.
The following information presents 10 key points to take into account when talking about food and diet during the treatment of any type of cancer, which should be adapted according to the possible appearance of side effects from treatment, complications or specific situations arising from the location of the tumour or previous pathologies such as allergies, intolerances, diabetes, cardiovascular problems, kidney disease, or others. It is essential to talk to a registered dietitian about the suitability of these recommendations for your specific requirements.