What to Eat During/After Breast Cancer Treatment
Breast Cancer treatments, such as surgery, chemotherapy, and hormone therapy, come with a variety of symptoms that are unique to each patient. One of the most significant changes you may notice is a sudden change in appetite, whether it be due to stress, treatment, or anxiety.
Despite changes in your daily routine, it is best to maintain a well-balanced diet during breast cancer treatment and the months following recovery. If you are unsure of how to best care for yourself during this time, we are always here to help you.
Additionally, you can use this guide as a resource for what to eat during and after your Breast Cancer treatment.
Treatment Side Effects
- Sore Mouth
- Taste Changes
- Decreased Appetite
- Prepare meals and snacks ahead of time for when you’re ready to eat later
- Supplement your diet with vitamins and minerals
- Discuss your diet with a licensed nutritionist or dietitian
Foods to Eat During Treatment
It is crucial to fuel your body with foods that offer the most nutrients while you undergo aggressive treatment and move towards recovery.
- Fresh Fruit
- Whole Grains
- Lean Protein
What to Avoid During Treatment
Some women who undergo treatment should avoid certain foods entirely. These include:
- Sugary Drinks
- Processed or Red Meat
- Raw or Undercooked Foods
Eating During Chemotherapy
Reactions to chemotherapy may vary, but many people report struggling with appetite or taste changes. To ensure a healthy diet:
- Eat five to six small meals per day
- Incorporate liquid meals such as pureed soups, milkshakes, smoothies, or juices
- Increase physical activity (with the consent from your doctor)
- Limit liquid intake before meals
As your treatment does its job and takes an inevitable toll on your body, do not be afraid to accept help from friends and family. You may need assistance with grocery shopping and meal planning as your body fights fatigue. This will help you maintain a stable diet and get back to your daily routine. If you need more tips or support during your treatment, please reach out to your referring physician.