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. 

Eating well is an important way we can support our health and wellbeing; but eating isn’t always easy, especially during cancer treatments such as chemotherapy and radiotherapy. 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.

“Eating well is an important way to support health and wellbeing; but this isn’t always easy for people affected by cancer,” said Dr Catherine Zollman, Medical Director at Penny Brohn UK. “These booklets are the first evidence based guidance produced jointly by doctors, NHS dietitians and nutritional therapists; designed to take the stress and contradiction out of eating to support health during cancer treatment.”

With nearly 40 years’ experience, Penny Brohn UK recognises that people with cancer need more than medicine. Its Bristol Whole Life Approach provides integrated whole person cancer support that works alongside medical treatment to achieve the best health and wellbeing.

Both booklets are available to download for free from the Penny Brohn UK website.

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