Coping with the side-effects of cancer and cancer treatment

21 September 2017 | Healthy living, Living with cancer

Sarah is World Cancer Research Fund's Health Information Publications Manager. She edits our supporter magazine Healthy You, and also develops many of the recipes featured in our cookbooks.

Today we’re launching Eat Well During Cancer, a booklet which shows how people living with some of the common symptoms of cancer and the side-effects of its treatment can cope better and still eat well by choosing the right food.

Lowering your risk of cancer

For many years, we’ve helped people lower their risk of cancer by providing tips on eating well, getting lots of exercise and keeping a healthy weight.

Our advice has always been aimed at people who are cancer-free, whether they’ve never had a diagnosis or they’ve been given the all-clear. However, we frequently receive requests for healthy eating advice for people currently living with cancer.

That’s where our new Eat Well During Cancer booklet – which is endorsed by the British Dietetic Association (BDA) – comes in. The BDA’s backing ensures our advice is based on the most up-to-date scientific evidence and practical expert advice.

Fruit-filled smoothies

Dietitian-approved information

It’s true that there’s very little dietitian-approved information available that supports people living with cancer.

In fact, our new survey has found that that nearly half of cancer patients going through treatment don’t receive any dietary advice that could help them with the side-effects they’re experiencing.

Range of common side-effects

So I’m delighted to announce the launch of this booklet which covers a range of common side-effects including weight loss, loss of appetite, constipation, diarrhoea, sore mouth and change in taste.

Salmon with a nut and seed crust

As well as lots of tips and advice, the booklet also contains exclusive recipes – such as salmon with a nut and seed crustgazpacho and a delicious filling fruit smoothie – which show how to put the advice into practice.

We hope you, a friend or loved one find the booklet useful.


Order your free copy of Eat Well During Cancer today by completing this short form.

Sarah Drabble | 21 September 2017