Wellness and Nutrition

Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” – Hippocrates

In today’s fast-paced world, convenience is often a top priority. Unfortunately, the most convenient foods are often not great sources of nutrition.

Nutrition is an important component of wellness, especially for patients preparing for or currently undergoing cancer treatment. Practicing good nutrition habits can help improve strength and endurance, as well as promote better feelings of overall health and wellness. Focusing on eating well and practicing good health habits can promote self-esteem and foster a positive attitude for those patients preparing to go through the process of treating cancer.

While they are excellent options for treating cancer, chemotherapy and radiation therapy can take a toll on the body. These types of cancer treatment options often damage healthy cells as they destroy cancer cells. Practicing good nutrition can prevent the damage of those healthy cells, as well as promote the growth and development of new, healthy tissues.

During cancer treatment, many patients complain of nausea and loss of appetite. When nutritional intake is limited, it’s especially important to make sure that the foods that can be tolerated are promoting good health. Patients are encouraged to find a few healthy foods that they like and are able to eat and to eat whenever they feel like it, even if it’s not during a traditional meal time.

In addition to treating cancer, Baptist Cancer Center is dedicated to making overall wellness a priority for all of our patients. We have resources for patients during every step of their treatment journey, including:

For more information on wellness, review our fitness resources or talk to your physician about connecting with an expert at Baptist Cancer Center.