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The importance of a good diet

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Maintaining a balanced diet with the right amount of each nutrient can help you to reduce the risk of developing other conditions such as diabetes or heart disease as well as keeping you strong enough to be able to go through treatment and aid your recovery.

Having a balanced diet is good for your all-round health, but eating and drinking well during and post-treatment can give you the energy to cope better and recover faster. This is because it can give you a range of nutrients from different food types with plenty of calories to keep your immune system working well. This will ultimately help your body to fight off infections, helping to make it stronger to help fight the cancer.

Good nutrition can also help you to cope with some of the side effects of treatment, handle doses of certain treatments and recover and heal faster by helping to boost your immune system. 

Problems associated with not eating a balanced diet

Not eating a balanced diet can affect your energy levels and your immune system.

If you aren’t eating certain foods, or enough of the right ones, your may become prone to picking up more infections and find it hard to get the energy to fight them off. Taking in extra calories can be made that much more difficult if you are suffering from taste or mouth-related side effects which can affect your appetite and weight.

During treatment some patients may experience problems in achieving and maintaining a balanced diet due to factors such as a change in routine, meal times at the hospital and the types of food available. All of which can affect your calorie intake and consequently your immune system.

  • Published: Feb 2016
  • Next planned review: Feb 2018