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Maintaining good nutritional health improves your tolerance of cancer treatments as well as your quality of life. Taking charge of your nutrition is part and parcel of your cancer care.
While chemotherapy may alter your sense of taste and lessen your enjoyment of your food, it is at this time that your body has a particular need of energy and of protein to keep your weight steady, preserve your muscles and fight infection. So indulge your fancies and eat what you like.
However, you should keep to the most varied diet you can, to provide you with
The side effects of the different treatments (nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, difficulty swallowing, mucositis, altered sense of taste, fatigue, pain etc.) can wreak havoc with your food intake and lead to a decline in your nutritional health.
When your immune defences are seriously weakened over a long period, you need to follow a strict, carefully supervised regime so that your diet is not a source of infection. If this is your case, your care team will tell you so and will advise and help you to follow instructions about eating.
Oral food supplements prescribed by your doctor are reimbursed in certain cases by the health insurance. We will help you with the insurance formalities.
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At any moment during the period of your care you can ask the nurses for an assessment of your nutritional health. In addition, the services of a dietician are available to help you and answer your questions.
Ligue Suisse contre le cancer brochure
Difficultés alimentaires en cas de cancer [Eating difficulties in cases of cancer].
HUG brochure : Alimentation et cancer (FR) [Eating and cancer].