Breast Cancer Nutrition
During and after treatment for breast cancer, nutrition is a special concern. It's important to eat enough to maintain a healthy weight, even if the side effects of treatment (such as nausea, vomiting, or poor appetite) make eating seem like a chore. Many women have found that physical activity can help reduce the nausea and pain that make eating right a challenge.
It's important for women with breast cancer to take care of themselves. This includes eating well and staying as active as you can.
You need the right amount of calories to maintain a good weight. You also need enough protein to keep up your strength. Eating well may help you feel better and have more energy.
Sometimes, especially during or soon after your breast cancer treatment, proper nutrition may seem like a chore. You may not feel like eating. You may be uncomfortable or tired. You may find that foods do not taste as good as they used to. In addition, the side effects of treatment (such as poor appetite, nausea, vomiting, or mouth sores) can make it hard to eat well. Your doctor, dietitian, or other healthcare provider can suggest ways to deal with these problems.
Many women find they feel better when they stay active. Walking, yoga, swimming, and other activities can help keep you strong and may increase your energy. Exercise may reduce nausea and pain, and make treatment easier to handle; it also can help relieve stress. Whatever physical activity you choose, be sure to talk to your doctor before you start. Also, if your activity causes you pain or other problems, be sure to let your doctor or nurse know about it.