Eating well has never been more important than it is right now. When you go through treatment for breast cancer, good nutrition will help:
• keep you strong;
• your body rebuild tissue that has been damaged by treatment;
• your body deal with the side effects of treatment; and
• your body fight off infection
Be sure to eat a variety of foods: breads and grains, fruits, vegetables and dairy. You may even need to eat more high-protein foods such as chicken, fish or beans during treatment. High-protein foods and plenty of calories will give your body the energy it needs to keep up with your treatment.
Some people who go through treatment for breast cancer have weight changes. Weight gain may be due to fluid retention and/or increased appetite caused by some cancer medications or the onset of menopause. Weight loss may be a result of poor appetite due to the side effects of treatment or cancer itself. Tell your doctor if you notice a weight gain or loss of five pounds or more in one month.
Additionally, treatment may cause side effects that can directly impact your diet.
For more information on common sides effects such as foods not tasting the same, nausea, etc. please visit: http://ww5.komen.org/uploadedFiles/Content_Binaries/806-399.pdf.