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Importance Of Nutrition During Overall Cancer Treatment.

For effective body growth of the body, nutrition is essential in all patients’ lives. Food intake must satisfy your body’s nutritional needs as it should help rebuild damaged tissues and continuously keep your body healthy. The importance of good health cannot be understated, and this can be easily achieved through good nutrition. As a cancer patient, consuming the right amount of nutritious food recommended by the radiation oncologist before, during, and after your treatment sessions is vital. A healthy diet essentially includes eating food with essential nutrients like vitamins, carbohydrates, fats, minerals, and water. Typically, your body needs these crucial nutrients to help it regain the balance required during the treatment process and effectively heal up after the treatment session.

Importance During Radiotherapy

There are some strengths, body weights, and body tissues that might be affected during radiotherapy sessions. To quickly restore this into your body, good nutrition is a must for you. One essential goal you should aim at during your therapy session is to eat enough nutritious food to keep your body’s essential nutrients maintained. More so, your body weight and strength are needed at this point, and the only way to easily supplement this is by healthy eating. The nutritious food would promote a re-growth of the healthy tissues and consistently help build new ones where it is needed.

The Nutrition Support for Cancer Patients can be divided in to Three Stages.

1. Pretreatment Nutritional SupportIt is always best that a cancer patient is prepared through improved nutritious food before getting started with the cancer treatment. However, poor nutrition is not ideal for cancer patients who would be undergoing the harsh treatment process. In addition, primarily poor nutrition style can affect the treatment outcome. Therefore, the central aim is to ensure that the pretreatment stage is suitably fortified with necessary nutrition, which would not only improve the treatment outcome but also helps in better tolerance to the entire process.

During treatment

There is an increased possibility that cancer patients would lose some energy, nutrients while undergoing the treatment sessions. However, focusing on taking the best nutrient choice for yourself as recommended by your oncologist is essential.

Watch your Diet


Although it is infrequent for you to lose a lot of energy during treatment or affect your appetite, however, over time, some cancer patients loose appetite. This could significantly reduce body`s capacity to sustain the treatment process. During the radiotherapy session, your body needs an appreciable amount of calories to help maintain your energy and strength. Our consultant could provide you with exact amount of nutritional requirement for your body.

Fats And Carbohydrates

Besides calorie intake, which is essential for your body, you need to eat healthy food fortified with crucial carbohydrates, which can be gotten from vegetables, whole grains, and other fruits. More so, you should consider eating healthy sources of fat, which can be from avocados, fatty fishes, vegetable oils, and other recommendations from your doctor. While calories, carbohydrates are essential, vitamins and minerals should not be left out of your meals. In addition, there might be unique nutritional concerns you might have to observe during your radiotherapy sessions as recommended by your oncologist.

Post Treatment Management/Recovery

After you have completed your radiotherapy session, your medical team would offer you some advice and information which would help speed up your recovery and how you can cope with any possible side effects. At this stage, you should ensure that you are following up with all the recommended advice from your oncologist regarding the essential nutrients that your body needs. Our dietician would support and observe your improvements and care for you based on your nutrition needs.

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Apollo Cancer Centre,
Plot No, 251, Sainik School Rd,
Bhubaneswar, Odisha

Kishore Diagnostics,
Cuttack - 753003

Apollo Clinic,

+91 90199 60007