The Experts Weigh In: What to Eat When You Have Cancer

Seven top diet and cancer professionals (including an oncologist with culinary training, an integrative medicine nutritionist, and a chef) share tips and advice for what to eat when battling cancer to help bring joy back to the table. By: Maureen Callahan, MS, RD

Follow the Symptoms Says ACS
Photo Courtesy of Michele Szafranski, MS, RD

Follow the Symptoms Says ACS

Just starting cancer treatments? Be ready for symptoms and tastes to change from day to day or even hour by hour, says Michele Szafranski, MS, RD, a board certified specialist in oncology nutrition with the American Cancer Society. “I tell people to stock up on single-serving foods with lots of flavor and variety.” Try small cartons of yogurt for when you crave tart and creamy or trail mix for sweet and salty flavors with a crunchy texture. “If you’ve got a day when cheesecake is the only thing you feel like eating, then have cheesecake,” she says. ACS’s cookbook What to Eat During Cancer Treatment offers recipes that treat various symptoms.

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