Nutrition for Cancer Patients

Preparing nutritious foods

Good nutrition is an important part of cancer treatment, as well as survivorship and prevention. A healthful diet can help rebuild your body’s cells and energy level, especially if you are receiving chemotherapy or radiation treatment.

The nutrition experts at Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center in clinical affiliation with South Shore Hospital will help you follow a healthy eating plan during and after your cancer treatment. Our experts have special training in oncology and nutrition which helps them base their recommendations on scientifically sound nutrition research. Our goal is to help you feel your best while managing issues such as digestion problems, heart conditions, or weight gain.

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 any side effects you may experience, and answer any questions you have about the latest nutritional insights, or any questions about vitamins, herbs, or dietary supplements. 

  • 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.

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