The Stephen and Barbara Slaggie Cancer Education Center, located in Rochester, Minnesota, offers classes related to nutrition and cancer. Key topics covered in the classes are available below for you to review at a time that is convenient. All classes are free and do not require a provider referral. We look forward to seeing you!
There are 3 main guidelines for cancer survivors in regards to nutrition and health:
Healthy weight: Being overweight or obese puts you at a higher risk for increasing hormone, insulin and inflammation levels in the body. All of these can put you at a higher risk for developing cancer. Being at a healthy weight, or even just closer to a healthy weight, can decrease your risk.
Be active: The recommendation is to get 150-300 minutes of moderate exercise or 75-150 minutes of vigorous exercise per week. You can also be healthier by taking small steps toward movement such as:
Eat a diet high in vegetables, fruits and whole grains:
A plant based diet is recommended and includes:
Limit red meat consumption and avoid processed meats. Red meat includes:
To reduce red meat consumption eat more poultry and fish. Have legumes for a vegetarian meal. Limit red meat to a lean, 3 ounce portion. Use meats in stews, stir-fry or casseroles to make it go farther.
Processed meat includes:
Other recommendations: It is best not to drink alcohol at all. If you do drink, limit to 1 drink per day for women, 2 drinks per day for men. Despite much attention given to sugar causing cancer, there is no direct link to sugar causing cancer. Sugar is high in calories and leads to weight gain. Best practice is to limit foods and drinks high in added sugar. Eating organic foods is a personal choice. There is no supporting evidence that organic is more nutritious. The benefit of eating any fruits and vegetables outweigh any risk.
Here are some additional resources:
American Cancer Society or 1-800-ACS-2345
American Institute for Cancer Research or 1-800-843-8114
While undergoing treatment you may be faced with a number of side effects that change what you eat and drink. Good nutrition is important. Realistic and important nutrition goals during this time are to manage your weight, get enough calories, protein and fluids, and manage your side effects.
Possible side effects may include:
Tips to help with nausea:
Tips to help with loss of appetite:
Tips to help with taste changes:
Tips to help a dry mouth:
Tips to help a sore throat or mouth:
Tips to help with diarrhea:
Tips to help with constipation:
Tips to avoid weight gain: