About diet problems

Eating and drinking a balanced diet is an important part of coping when you have cancer, but cancer and its treatment can cause several diet problems.

Types of diet problems

The side effects of cancer and its treatments might cause problems with your eating, digestion and weight.

Managing diet problems in cancer

Medicines, soft diets, adding calories to your diet or tube feeding are some of the ways to manage diet problems.

Your feelings about diet problems

Having diet problems when you have cancer can affect you emotionally. But there are things you can do to help you cope.

Diet problems research

Researchers are looking at ways to prevent and treat cancer cachexia.

Resources and support

There are lots of organisations, support groups and helpful books to help you cope with symptoms and side effects caused by cancer and its treatment.

Last reviewed: 
24 Feb 2020
Next review due: 
24 Feb 2023
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