Consumer Health: Getting the nutrition you need during cancer treatment

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Sometimes cancer treatment can affect your appetite. You may experience nausea, vomiting or simply reduced interest in food. Sometimes caregivers or family members unintentionally can add stress by worrying or encouraging too much.

Though you may not feel like eating, it’s important to do what you can to get the calories, fluids and nutrients you need. And during illness, treatment or recovery, your need for calories and protein may be greater than usual.

If cancer treatment leaves you without an appetite, try these tips to plan meals and snacks that will be more appealing and provide the nutrition that you need.

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