Cancer Treatment and Nutrition

Cancer is one of the scariest diagnoses you can receive from a doctor. Whether you are fighting cancer or are in remission, there are still some things you can do to help improve your overall health. Believe it or not, what you eat makes a major difference in how you feel and act while going through cancer treatment. Eating a healthy and well-balanced diet can have a number of benefits that you should be made aware of. Changing your diet can definitely help improve the quality of your life and the general healing process that you are going through. Jillian McKee of the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance shares the how and why in this guest post.

Proper nutrition plays many roles when combined with traditional cancer treatment. For one, a healthy diet will provide your body with all of the vitamins and nutrients it needs. These vitamins will be needed by your muscles and immune system to encourage strength and health. People who eat healthier diets may find that their bodies are able to heal more quickly after you go for their traditional treatment. It is important for you to remember that a healthy diet alone will not cure your cancer, so you need to still go for the recommended treatments set for you by the doctor.

Another wonderful benefit to a healthy diet is that it will give you a lot more energy throughout the day. Individuals who have cancer may find that they are constantly tired and in pain. Healthy foods, such as fruits and vegetables, can help to liven you up and provide valuable energy that your body needs throughout the busy day. These are just some of the benefits that nutrition can offer when you incorporate a more balanced diet into your life, alongside the treatments that you are seeking.

Before making any major changes to your diet, you need to speak to your doctor. Your doctor knows your current state of health and the types of treatments you are going for. Because of this, only your doctor will be able to recommend a set diet plan that will help to alleviate the symptoms of mesothelioma or other forms of cancer. You should sit down with your primary healthcare physician to discuss possible changes to your diet before going through with them. This ensures that what you are doing is going to be a healthy step towards your healing.

Adding proper nutrition to your cancer treatment regimen can be one of the easiest and most beneficial things that you do. You will find that it is easy for you to incorporate a healthier diet and still meet your recommended calorie intake for that particular day. As stated before, you need to contact your doctor first before you begin making these types of changes. You should understand what type of diet you need to be following and the set amount of calories you should be consuming each day depending on your current state of health when dealing with cancer.


Jillian McKee works as the Complementary Medicine Advocate at the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance. Her blog showcases the importance of integrating alternate approaches such as diet and spirituality with traditional cancer treatment.


  1. A healthful diet can indeed be protective against cancer, but keep in mind that there are other factors important in cancer causation, e.g. radiation, genetic factors, hormonal factors, carcinogenic chemicals, etc

  2. but i have seen this terrible disease take over those too who have been keeping a close eye on their diet...

    a terrible disease I wish and hope we are able to eradicate it from our planet soooon


    1. yes i agree with you Bikram veer ji .. even i had acquaintances diagnosed with cancer although they has a regular and close to perfect diet ... !

  3. I guess what you meant was , in case someone was already undergoing treatment for cancer, a correct diet can help dealing with the tiredness and pain better. Makes absolute sense Subhorup. I have some relatives who underwent agonizing times during chemo, radiation etc.

  4. Interesting writeup. I think nutrition is a very important aspect not only in case of cancer but also for other diseases as well as for a healthy life. I was first a bit surprised to see image of a crab, my favourite food, in a cancer article. :)

  5. Thanks for the post.. I am in remission and may be should think over this seriously.

  6. Hi,
    Thanks for a very educative and informative post.

  7. Interesting but there are too many different things floating around on this. It is confusing who is correct, who is wrong.

  8. Hi Subhorup,
    Good to be here again.
    Thank you very much for
    this informative and useful post,
    i just shared it with few of my friends.
    I am sharing it in my blog with due credit

  9. Yes, good nutrition is simple key to fight many many diseases! Even AIDS! In Kenya, activists fought for ensuring good nutrition to HIV+ve patients to stave off the disease. A good guest post. Thanks!


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