Eating well after diagnosis

Knowing what to eat during and after treatment for breast cancer can be difficult. You may experience a loss or increase of appetite, your tastes may change and you may decide to follow a new diet.

Below you’ll find tips to help you eat a healthy balanced diet as well as links to information on specific aspects of diet and breast cancer.

Six nutrition guidelines to follow following a breast cancer diagnosis

  • Achieve and maintain a healthy weight.
  • Follow a diet for Cancer Prevention. Use Eating Well with Canada’s Food Guide to help you plan your diet.
  • Be active every day. Regular exercise can help improve your quality of life and lower the risk of breast cancer returning.
  • Avoid alcohol. Any amount of any kind of alcohol increases your risk for breast cancer or increases the risk of breast cancer returning.
  • Aim for the recommended amount of calcium and vitamin D.
  • Drink plenty of fluids.

Taken from Health Link BC

Other Helpful Resources

Eat well: Nutrition and Breast Cancer Research findings conducted by the University of California San Francisco regarding nutrition and physical activity for cancer patients, survivors and for your daily life.

What to Eat During Cancer Treatment This cookbook contains 100 fast, flavorful recipes to help both patient and caregiver prepare satisfying meals to combat some of the side effects of treatment.

Starting Chemotherapy: 15 Nutrition tips If you are undergoing chemotherapy, you want to stay as healthy and comfortable as possible during treatment. What you eat during treatment can make a big difference in helping you achieve that goal.