On top of the symptoms caused by cancer itself, treatments such as chemotherapy, radiotherapy and surgery can cause side-effects that make it more difficult to eat normally and absorb what you need from food. Our advice, recipes and lifestyle tips can help you cope with cancer and cancer treatment.

Weight loss

Cancer can change your appetite and alter how your body uses nutrients

Building up weight

Loss of appetite

Worrying about your cancer can make it harder to think about food

Tips to keep you eating


It may be best to eat little and often rather than have three main meals

Ways to beat diarrhoea


Infrequent bowel movements can be helped by eating more fibre

Overcoming constipation


Some foods make you pass wind more often, which can be uncomfortable

Dealing with wind problems

Feeling sick

Some people find that ginger or peppermint helps settle their stomach

How to beat nausea

Mouth problems

Adapt your favourite foods to make them as soft and moist as possible

Coping with mouth problems

Taste changes

Food may taste bland or metallic but this side-effect is often temporary

Fixing your sense of taste


Your immune system may not work as well as it did before your treatment

Boosting your immunity


If you’re exhausted most of the time, eating can give you more energy

Tackling tiredness

Weight gain

Hormone therapy and steroid treatments can cause weight gain

Healthy eating advice

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