We’ve written this article from our experience as breast cancer patients. It’s important to seek expert nutrition advice from an appropriately qualified nutritionist or dietician. Some nutritionists and dieticians are specifically qualified to advice cancer patients and your medical team or GP may be able to recommend someone to you.
Future Dreams offers a number of classes and workshops based around nutrition, alongside support groups, complementary therapies and treatments, and meaningful connections with others touched by breast cancer. Click here to have a look at our schedule.
Eating a healthy diet for good health is clearly something that we should all be doing anyway, but it is particularly important while going through breast cancer treatment so that you maintain good energy levels, help boost your immunity and for general well being. We won’t harp on about what is a healthy diet (we’ll leave that to the nutritionists and dieticians) but we can direct you to some helpful info online via these excellent website pages on nutrition and cancer:
DO NOT DRINK GRAPEFRUIT JUICE – we’ve been told that grapefruit juice can interfere with some chemo drugs so it is best to avoid it – but check with your medical team.
(in case you are looking for inspiration)
Nourish by Jane Clarke – a beautiful website from Jane Clarke (and her team) on eating during illness. It provides helpful advice about your diet during cancer, nutrition advice and also lots and lots of delicious looking recipes. We’ve tried the frozen blackberry and raspberry yogurt – you’ll find the recipe here. For some advice from Jane specifically about eating during chemo, see the Q&A that we did with Jane on this topic.
The World Cancer Research Fund have lots of booklets, recipes and posters that you can download from their site. Check out their “Eat Well During Cancer” section of the website and their “Recipes” section of the website.
The Royal Marsden Breast Cancer Cookbook – this book is full of easy, delicious recipes and lots of helpful information about eating a healthy diet during breast cancer treatment. Breast Cancer Now have published three of their favourite recipes if you’d like to try them out.
The Life Kitchen, has published a few recipe books specifically aimed at people going through chemo whose tastes have changed. They also put on cooking courses for people going through chemo.
Future Dreams hold a range of support groups, classes, workshops and events to help you and your carers during your breast cancer diagnosis. These are held both online and in person at the London-based Future Dreams House. To see what’s on offer and to book your place, see here.
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Reviewed February 2023
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