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Food and Nutrition

One-On-One Nutrition Consultations

Patients and caregivers of all cancer types can receive free nutrition education and consultations through our Nutrition Education Services Center. Our registered dietitians have expertise in oncology nutrition and provide free one-on-one consultations by phone.

Schedule a Consult

If you are a healthcare professional and would like to refer your patients, please click here.

Diagnosis-Specific Nutrition Information

For nutrition information specific to your diagnosis and/or side effects, click here.

You will also find recipes, food safety and prep tips, information for caregivers, and more.


Eating Well

Eating well can help you feel better and stay stronger during and after cancer treatment. Patients who eat well and maintain a healthy body weight often tolerate treatment side effects better. And good nutrition also helps the body replace blood cells and tissues broken down by treatment to support healing and recovery. 

A healthy lifestyle plays a key role in keeping the body strong, supporting the immune system (the cells and proteins that defend the body against infection) and reducing risk for some diseases, such as certain kinds of heart disease and some cancers. Most registered dietitians (RDs) agree that eating a variety of foods is the best method to ensure intake of all the nutrients the body requires.

Learn more about eating well.  

Healthy Recipes

To access healthy recipes, click here.

Good nutrition should be part of a healthy lifestyle that also includes:

  • Maintaining a healthy body weight
  • Drinking enough fluid
  • Exercising 
  • Relaxing (managing stress)
  • Getting enough sleep (7-9 hours per night for adults)
  • Not using tobacco or abusing drugs or alcohol

Exercise is an important part of a healthy lifestyle. It can reduce anxiety, fatigue and improve heart function and mental well-being. Consult your doctor before beginning a new exercise program. Gradually increasing your exercise levels, through low risk activities like short daily walks, can be the best method to start an exercise program.

Foods cannot be used to treat cancer, but some things you eat or drink and some actions you avoid can make a difference in your health and how you feel.


Evaluating Nutrition and Supplement Information

Nutrition and cancer research is still in its early stages, therefore you may find it difficult to sort out dependable, science-based advice from misinformation and myth. Before you try any supplement or herb on your own, talk with your doctor about the risk of it interfering with your cancer treatment. For example:

  • St. John's wort, an herbal product used to treat depression, reduces the effectiveness of imatinib (Gleevec®), a drug used to treat chronic myeloid leukemia and Philadelphia-positive acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Talk with your doctor about safe treatment options for depression.
  • Green tea supplements can interfere with the effectiveness of bortezomib (Velcade®).

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The Nutrition Education Services Center is offered by LLS for information purposes only. It is not intended to substitute for the advice of your healthcare team or provide medical diagnosis, treatment or therapy. Please seek the advice of your healthcare team before making any changes to your medical plan, diet or physical activity.