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Nutritional Counseling for Cancer Patients

Eating the right kinds of foods before, during, and after cancer treatment can help you feel better and stay stronger. At St. Luke’s Cancer Institute, our registered dietitians will provide nutrition assessment and research-based counseling to help you establish and maintain good nutrition throughout your cancer journey.

Highlights & Resources

Common Eating Problems During Cancer Treatment

You may have:

  • Less appetite
  • Changes in your sense of taste or smell
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Dry mouth
  • Lactose intolerance
  • Nausea
  • Sore mouth
  • Sore throat and trouble swallowing
  • Vomiting
  • Weight gain or loss

How Do I Schedule Nutrition Counseling?

Any of your care providers can give you a referral to our registered dietitians. These experts will answer your questions and help you stay strong and feel better during and after treatment. For more information, email us at

More Nutrition Resources

National Cancer Institute: Nutrition in Cancer Care
Help to understand and manage eating problems common in cancer treatment. View an online version of the book, Eating Hints.

American Cancer Society: Nutrition for People with Cancer
Information to help with nutrition and manage treatment side effects. Includes free online classes about nutrition during and after treatment.

American Institute for Cancer Research
Research focused on the link between diet and cancer. Includes current information on foods that fight cancer. Subscribe to email publications (including Health-e-Recipes) and print newsletters on diet and cancer research.