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Food plays a big part in the quality of our lives. Mealtimes are often an important and enjoyable part of family and social life. Many people with cancer have eating problems and this section gives advice on how to manage them.
Macmillan dietitian Helen Kennedy explains the role of diet and offers advice about healthy eating.
Find out why diet is important
Find out about common eating problems including a sore or dry mouth, taste changes, feeling sick or difficulty chewing and swallowing
Get information on nutritional support or artificial feeding, which is used to help people who are not able to eat and drink in the usual way
Find recipes that could be good for you if you're affected by cancer
Information on why some people lose weight during and after cancer treatment, and what the building-up diet is.
Alternative diets for treating cancer sometimes get a lot of publicity, but they can often be expensive and may even be harmful to some people with cancer.
Find out that surgery for stomach cancer can cause dietary problems, such as poor appetite, dumping syndrome or anaemia
For answers, support or just a chat, call the Macmillan Support Line free (Monday to Friday, 9am-8pm)
With the Macmillan Organiser, you can monitor your appetite, keep track of what you’re eating and jot down healthy recipes that take your fancy.
If you have any questions about cancer, need support or just want someone to talk to, ask Macmillan.
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