Want to Fight Cancer with Your Fork? There’s an App for That


Nutrition plays a large role in our health. That’s especially true for cancer patients. Whether it is eating a diet rich in cancer-fighting nutrients or managing treatment side effects, healthy eating habits are an important part of cancer care. Dana-Farber’s free iPhone app provides recipes and nutrition information that’s helpful not only for cancer patients but for anyone who wants to follow a healthy diet.

Ask the Nutritionist: Recipes for Fighting Cancer contains more than 100 easy-to-prepare recipes ranging from nutritious snacks to main dishes and desserts. You can access a list of ingredients, directions on how to prepare the dish, a shopping list, nutrition tips, and nutritional analysis information in a standard USDA label format. New recipes are added each month.

The app, developed with Dana-Farber’s staff of registered and board-certified dietitians, is designed to help find the optimal diet for any type of cancer. You can also search by common symptoms (such as nausea or mouth sores) to help customize dietary needs while going through treatment.

“Eating a well-balanced diet is one of the best ways to lower the risk of cancer,” says Stacy Kennedy, MPH, RD, CSO, LDN, a nutritionist at Dana-Farber. “Our hope is that this app will not only be a useful tool for cancer patients and their families, but will also make choosing the healthiest foods easier and more fun for everyone.”

Some features of Ask the Nutritionist include:

  • More than 100 healthy recipes
  • Nutrition tips and information on cancer-fighting nutrients
  • Search by symptom management
  • A section for people on specialized diets, such as gluten-free, high-fiber, or immune-support diets
  • The ability to create a shopping list so you never forget a key ingredient
  • An “Ask the Nutritionist” function. Dana-Farber’s nutrition department will respond to questions from the app’s users.
  • An extensive, searchable database of frequently asked nutrition questions and answers

The free iPhone version of the app is available in the Apple iTunes store for all iPhone users with IOS 5 or higher, or by visiting this link.

The free Android version of the app is available in the Google Play store.

See the app in action below.

You can watch a presentation on fighting cancer with your fork from Dana-Farber nutritionist Hillary Wright on Dana-Farber’s Slideshare channel.


  1. Is the nutrition recipe app available for Android also?

  2. Unfortunately at this time, the Nutrition app is only available on the iPhone, but we are looking into an Android application. In the meantime, all of the information in the iPhone version of the app also exists on our website.

    Here’s a link to the landing page for our general Nutrition content:

    “Ask the Nutritionist” can be accessed from the fourth tab on the page above; here’s a direct link: http://www.dana-farber.org/Adult-Care/Treatment-and-Support/Patient-and-Family-Support/Nutrition-Services.aspx#Ask_the_Nutritionist

    The recipes and nutrition tips are also linked from the Nutrition main page; here’s a link to the entire list in our Health Library:

  3. LOVE the new app!. Thank you for all the hard work developing it. My family will use it daily and we’ll spread the word. Thanks for being the very best at what you do.

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