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New Guidelines to Help People with Cancer to Eat Well

Leading cancer charities, Penny Brohn UK and Macmillan Cancer Support have teamed up, along with specialist dietitians from Avon and Somerset NHS Trusts to create two free in-depth booklets to help people living with cancer to eat well: Eating well during cancer treatment and Eating well when eating becomes difficult.

Funded by Macmillan Cancer Support, the booklets provide guidance and tips to eating well during treatment and also look at specific symptoms that can make eating during treatment difficult.

The information was compiled by oncology dietitians, doctors, nurses, pharmacists, radiographers and nutritional therapists; and has been reviewed by members of the public. Eating well can help reduce some of the side-effects of treatment and can reduce the chances of cancer returning. The booklets aim to help people living with cancer eat as well as they can to boost their strength, manage side-effects and symptoms, inform them about food hygiene during chemotherapy and answer questions commonly asked by others going through cancer treatment.

Vicky Jane, a Specialist Dietitian from NHS North Bristol Trust, said: “Patients often ask how they can improve their diet to support themselves through cancer treatment, and can report feeling overwhelmed by the array of information and advice available to them. These resources aim to provide people with evidence-based guidance and practical advice to; eat well during treatment, answer commonly asked questions, and help people manage their diet in the presence of cancer and treatment related side-effects. It has been fantastic to have a collaborative approach to this project with other local professionals, and we really hope that these resources help to reduce the confusion surrounding nutrition and cancer treatment.”

Macmillan Learning and Development Manager and Registered Dietitian Jill Scott added: “It is so important for people to have clear, easy-to-follow advice on eating well during cancer. That’s why Macmillan has funded and supported the development of these new guidelines. I hope they will help and empower many people living with cancer to support their own wellbeing throughout their treatment and into recovery.”

Both booklets are available to download for free from

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