NUTRITIONAL HELP for cancer-related fatigue

When you’re being treated for cancer, fatigue can sometimes derail your drive to eat.

When you’re being treated for cancer, fatigue can sometimes derail your drive to eat. Still, good nutrition plays a key role in keeping your strength up during treatment. We’ve compiled these tips that may help you take in the nutrition you need.

Tips for managing nutritional needs when you’re feeling tired:

  • Try eating small, frequent meals throughout the day.
  • Prepare extra food on days when you feel well; freeze in individual-sized packages for days when you don’t feel as well.
  • Remember to eat on the days you feel well.
  • Keep your pantry and refrigerator well-stocked with convenient foods you like.
  • Eat easy-to-prepare foods, like sandwiches, frozen entrees, nutrition/energy bars and shakes.
  • Choose foods that require less chewing and are easy to eat, like soups, stews and casseroles.
  • Accept gifts of food and offers of help from friends and family.
  • Use foil containers, paper napkins, disposable dishes and utensils for easy cleanup.
  • Consider a nutrient-dense nutritional drink to help provide the protein, vitamins and minerals you need during those times when it’s difficult to consume enough food.