Nutrition for Cancer Patients

Preparing nutritious foods

Good nutrition is an important part of overall health, cancer prevention, and treatment. The proper diet can support your body's efforts to fight cancer.

The nutrition experts at Dana-Farber Brigham Cancer Center in clinical affiliation with South Shore Health will help you follow a healthy eating plan during and after your cancer treatment. Our experts have special training in oncology and nutrition, providing patients with evidence-based nutritional recommendations.

A diet that is healthy for one person may not work for someone else. Our nutritionists work with other members of your health care team to assist you in planning an optimal eating plan to meet your individual needs at any stage of your cancer journey, help you to cope with side effects, and provide up-to-date nutritional information. 

  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Taste changes
  • Bowel irregularities
  • Weight changes
  • Malnutrition
  • Tube feedings
  • IV feedings
  • Questions about vitamins, antioxidants, herbs, and dietary supplements
  • Increasing physical activity

  • Tailor an eating plan to your needs
  • Manage changes in appetite and weight
  • Manage side-effects of cancer treatment
  • Advise you about foods, vitamins, herbs, and supplements
  • Develop a personalized wellness plan for you as a cancer survivor

  • Managing side effects
  • Optimal diet plans
  • Research updates
  • Recipes
  • Integrative nutrition
  • Online resources and book lists
  • Nutrition seminars
  • Ask the nutritionist

You can set up an individual nutrition appointment with any of the practice coordinators or by calling the administrative specialist at 781-624-4690. 

*Nutrition consultations are a billable service. For insurance coverage questions, contact your insurance company.

Nutrition Corner

FREE Nutrition App

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FREE Nutrition App

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