For patients, caregivers and family members of the CTCA Community

Why is it important?

If you have been diagnosed with cancer, you have a lot on your plate: discussing treatment options, attending appointments, managing finances and more. What you may not realize is that one of the most important parts of your treatment is quite literally on your plate—nutrition!

“Proper nutrition is essential,” says Pankaj Vashi, MD, gastroenterologist and National Director of Metabolic Support at Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA). “You need it to maintain normal body function as much as possible, support a healthy immune system and keep your body strong while being treated for cancer.”

Good nutrition is essential
There are many naturopathic treatments available. These are some of the most common:
  • Allow your body to repair itself after surgery
  • Keep your body strong enough to tolerate your cancer treatments
  • Manage the possible side effects of treatment
  • Maintain your immune system
  • Complete your treatment on its optimal schedule

Now more than ever, your body needs the full nutrition of a healthy, balanced diet.

A personalized nutrition plan

Talk with your health care team about your nutritional needs and concerns. They will help you create an individualized plan with the protein, calories and high-nutrient foods your body needs throughout treatment and recovery.

A registered dietitian working hand in hand with you and your care team can lend valuable insight and support, recommending supplements and helping find nutritious foods your body can tolerate—and that you will love eating!

Healthy recipes and nutrition guides

If it tastes good, it must be bad for you.

That old saying is simply no longer true! Visit the Cancer Fighters Thrive® recipe page to find plenty of healthy, nutrition-packed recipes that you will love—from breakfast to dinner, appetizers to dessert.

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