Healthy Eating for Breast Cancer Patients


Diet is key to any woman's healthy lifestyle, but for breast cancer patients and survivors, it becomes a cornerstone and lifeline to life as we know it. Healthy eating should be part of any wellness plan, especially after surgery and during treatment. But it's tough to make healthy choices when you aren't feeling particularly healthy - and some days, when you just don't feel like eating at all. That's why St. Joseph's Hospital has a full team of dietitians here for you, ready to offer advice on everything from:
  • What to eat after surgery
  • Easy ways to keep hydrated
  • Foods to try when food doesn't sound good
  • Coping with side effects that affect how you can eat
  • Maintaining weight during treatment
  • Eating to reduce risks of recurrence (studies suggest low-fat diets appear to offer a slight reduction in the risk of breast cancer, lower recurrence rates and better survival rates)
  • And more
Before, during and even after treatment, it's important to eat to live - to stay strong, feel better and fight harder. Start with a few simple tips:
  • Eat at least five servings a day of fruits and vegetables
  • Get plenty of fiber from sources like beans, fruits, vegetables and whole wheat breads, cereals, rice, and pasta
  • Choose lower fat milk and dairy, and limit high-fat foods
  • Drink plenty of water, especially during chemotherapy
For dietary consultation or more information about the Breast Care Program, call (618) 526-5460.