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Diet and Nutrition

What you put into your body — in the way of nutrition — determines what you get out of it.

That’s why we offer a dietitian with special training in working with patients with cancer who is dedicated to our cancer treatment program.

Cancer Diet Before Treatment

You can focus on a healthy diet before treatment even begins.

Start reaching out to friends and family who can drop off healthy, nutritious meals while you’re in treatment. Start stocking your fridge and pantry with healthy, easy-to-make meals that nourish your body and improve your mood.

Remember, during treatment, you may feel too tired or sick to prepare your own meals. Applesauce, microwaveable brown rice, nuts, prepared vegetables, whole grains, yogurt and more are healthy options to keep on hand before and during treatment.

Cancer Diet During Treatment

Cancer treatment can sap your strength. It’s vital to nourish your body with foods that help improve your mood and supply you with the nutrients you need.

Whenever possible, supplement your diet with high-protein foods, like eggs, lean meats, beans and dairy, including cheeses, milk and yogurt.

Aim for at least 2½ cups of fruits and vegetables each day. Dark green and deep yellow vegetables offer a load of nutrients, as do citrus fruits and other colorful foods. Wash raw produce well before eating.

You should also continue drinking plenty of fluids each day, especially water.

Foods to manage side effects

Cancer treatment can sap your appetite, making it difficult to get the nutrients you need to sustain your health.

Here are some ways to cope with the side effects of treatment:

  • Nausea: Foods that have strong smells, are spicy or greasy can become unappealing. Simple, dry foods like crackers, toast and more help. So do clear, nourishing liquids like sports drinks, chicken or beef broth and simple water.
  • Irritation of the mouth or throat: Some treatments can cause irritation and pain in your mouth or throat. Avoid spicy, acidic foods, as well as rough or scratchy foods. Don’t eat anything too hot or too cold, and use a straw for soups, broths or drinks. Ginger is also a time-tested way to relieve nausea.
  • Digestive problems: Cancer treatment can cause diarrhea and constipation. If you experience diarrhea, it’s vital to stay hydrated: drink lots of liquids — especially water — and reduce high-fiber foods such as whole grains and vegetables. High-fiber foods, plenty of fluids and dietary supplements can aid constipation.
  • Changes in taste: Cancer treatment can impact the way food tastes. Even some of your favorite foods may lose their luster. This is the time to open your tastes to new foods. You may find a new appreciation for tart or sour flavors like pomegranates or ginger, as well as spices like mint, oregano or rosemary.

Remember, there is no one diet or food that can protect you from cancer or “cure” cancer — cancer prevention and treatment involves a complete, holistic approach to your health.


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Comprehensive Breast Care Center

Comprehensive Breast Care Center

706 Dixie Street, Carrollton, GA 30117
Carrollton

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Phone: 770-812-5886

Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Tanner Radiation Oncology

165 Clinic Avenue, Carrollton, GA 30117
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Phone: 770-812-9824

Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Roy Richards, Sr. Cancer Center

Roy Richards, Sr. Cancer Center

165 Clinic Avenue, Carrollton, GA 30117
Carrollton

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Phone: 770-812-9824

Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Tanner Breast Health - Carrollton

Tanner Breast Health - Carrollton

706 Dixie Street, Carrollton, GA 30117
Carrollton

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Phone: 770-812-9280

Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Tanner Breast Health - Villa Rica

Tanner Breast Health - Villa Rica

705 Dallas Highway, Villa Rica, GA 30180

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Phone: 770-456-3400

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Northwest Georgia Oncology Center - Villa Rica

Northwest Georgia Oncology Center - Villa Rica

705 Dallas Highway, Villa Rica, GA 30180

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Phone: 770-333-2220

Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Northwest Georgia Oncology - Bremen

Northwest Georgia Oncology - Bremen

204 Allen Memorial Drive, Bremen, GA 30110
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Phone: 770-824-2222

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Northwest Georgia Oncology - a Service of Tanner Medical Center Villa Rica

Northwest Georgia Oncology - a Service of Tanner Medical Center Villa Rica

157 Clinic Avenue, Carrollton, GA 30117
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Phone: 770-333-2220

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