Here are some general nutrition recommendations for people receiving cancer treatment:

  • Maintain a healthy weight. For many people, this means avoiding weight loss by getting enough calories every day. For people who are obese, this may mean losing weight. Ask your health care team if it is okay to try to lose weight during treatment. It may be better to wait until after treatment ends. If it is okay, weight loss should be moderate, meaning only about a pound a week.
  • Get essential nutrients. These include protein, carbohydrates, fats, and water.
  • Be as active as you can. For example, take a daily walk. If you sit or sleep too much, you may lose muscle mass and increase your body fat, even if you are not gaining weight.

Approved by the Cancer.Net Editorial Board, 06/2017