Some cancer treatments cause gastrointestinal symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and constipation that can make eating unpleasant. Zeglin says the emotional effects of cancer treatment can also lead to a lack of desire to eat, though in some cases cancer treatment can cause patients to gain weight, too.
In general, Protein and calorie requirements can be higher among cancer patients, Zeglin says. It’s important to fill your plate with fruits, vegetables, lean proteins and whole grains to ensure you are receiving adequate calories and protein to achieve your treatment goals.
Nutritional needs can vary based on the type of cancer and other factors, which is why it’s important to work with your care team to develop a plan that’s right for you.