Childhood , Diet and Nutrition
Nutrition Tips for Childhood Cancer Patients

Nutrition plays an important role in a child’s cancer treatment. Side effects from treatment, such as chemotherapy and radiation, can make eating difficult for children. As a result, maintaining age appropriate weight, and supporting age appropriate growth, can be challenging. It is important to talk to your medical team regarding […]

November 22, 2017
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Diet and Nutrition , Health Topics
Five Nutrition Tips for Cancer Patients [Infographic]

A healthy, balanced diet is an important part of cancer treatment and survivorship. The right foods can promote strength and overall wellness in patients, as well as lower cancer risk. And adopting certain eating habits can also help combat common side effects of treatment, including nausea and weight loss. Here […]

March 30, 2017
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Diet and Nutrition , Health Topics , Recipes
What Do Nutritionists Eat on Thanksgiving?

Thanksgiving is fast approaching, which for many means a meal of turkey, stuffing, pumpkin pie, and more, one that can easily add up to thousands of calories. It is important to enjoy this time with your family, but you can still stay on a healthy track while enjoying your favorite […]

November 21, 2016
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Diet and Nutrition , Health and Wellness , Health Topics
What Do Dana-Farber Nutritionists Eat?

Dana-Farber nutritionists help patients create and maintain healthy diets for all stages of treatment. They can provide meal plans, advice for managing treatment side effects, and tips for post-treatment wellness. But have you ever wondered what nutritionists like to eat? Here, Dana-Farber nutritionists share five of their favorite healthy breakfasts: […]

July 28, 2016
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General interest
Tuukka Rask, Nutrition Tips, Brokaw on Cancer, and More Video Highlights from 2014

As 2014 comes to a close, we’re taking a look back at some of our favorite videos from the last year:     Tom Brokaw: What it Means to Have Cancer NBC News’ Tom Brokaw, who was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in August 2013, stopped by Dana-Farber in November. We […]

December 30, 2014
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Diet and Nutrition , General interest , Health Topics
Debunking Common Nutrition Myths [Infographic]

By Stacy Kennedy, MPH, RD For cancer patients, a healthy, balanced diet is important for managing symptoms and promoting survivorship and overall wellness. But in a world where it’s nearly impossible to tell one fad diet from the next, it can be difficult to determine which foods are actually good […]

April 2, 2014
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Ask the Nutritionist , General interest , Health Topics
What Role Does Nutrition Play During Cancer Treatment: A Twitter Chat Recap

Whether it’s before, during, or after cancer treatment, nutrition plays a critical role in a patient’s overall health. Certain foods, especially fresh fruits and vegetables, can help increase energy levels, support the immune system, and manage side effects. Dana-Farber (@DanaFarber) and HealthCentral (@healthcentral) hosted a live Twitter chat on nutrition […]

March 13, 2014
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Diet and Nutrition
Ketogenic Diets and Cancer: What Patients Should Know

There is speculation that a keto diet can help cancer patients “starve cancer cells” by preventing the cells from using glucose for energy and growth. But is there evidence that a keto diet can be truly beneficial in the treatment of cancer?

July 16, 2018
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Chemotherapy
Why Does Chemotherapy Often Have Side Effects?

People experience side effects with varying levels of severity during their chemotherapy treatment. Due to advancements in palliative care, most people are able to manage their side effects during chemotherapy very effectively.

July 13, 2018
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General interest , Risk and Prevention , Skin cancers (non-melanoma)
How to Safely Get Enough Vitamin D

Dermatologists do not recommend unprotected sun exposure as way to increase your vitamin D levels. “It is better to protect yourself from the sun and take a vitamin D supplement if you have a deficiency,” says Cecilia Larocca, MD, of Dana-Farber.

July 2, 2018
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Diet and Nutrition
Five Tips for Healthier Grilling

Here's how you can reduce your exposure to potentially dangerous chemicals while barbecuing this summer—without putting the cover back on the grill.

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Diet and Nutrition
Six Tips for Cooking with Cancer-Related Fatigue

Making a nutritious meal doesn’t always have to be time-consuming. Here's how you can maximize your efforts in the kitchen.

June 18, 2018
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Colon Cancer
Healthy Diet, Exercise Improve Survival in Colorectal Cancer

A diet high in whole grains, fruits, and vegetables, along with exercise and maintaining a healthy body weight can improve the five-year survival rate for patients with stage III colorectal cancer, according to a new report from Dana-Farber Cancer Institute researchers.

June 13, 2018
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Diet and Nutrition , General interest , Risk and Prevention
Does Soda Cause Cancer?

Nutritionists and doctors agree that consuming soft drinks in excess is associated with several health complications and diseases, including weight gain or obesity, poor dental health, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and more. Some of these health conditions can play a role in increasing one’s risk of developing cancer.

June 5, 2018
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Blood Cancer , Chemotherapy
What is Neutropenia and How Is It Treated?

Cancer chemotherapy is the most common cause of neutropenia, which can be treated depending on its cause and severity.

April 9, 2018
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Cancer research , Diet and Nutrition , General interest , Health and Wellness , Risk and Prevention
Can Obesity Cause Cancer?

What is the relationship between obesity and cancer? Being obese increases one’s risk for a multitude of health complications and diseases, including several types of cancer. Obesity has been linked to thirteen types of cancer with a stronger risk associated with breast, esophageal and endometrial cancers, among others.

March 16, 2018
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Diet and Nutrition , Health and Wellness
What are Superfoods and Can They Fight Cancer? [Podcast]

“Superfood,” a relatively new term, refers to foods that have certain supposed very good health benefits.

March 5, 2018
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Diet and Nutrition , Health Topics
Probiotics: Can They Help Cancer Patients?

Probiotics are healthy bacteria that we introduce into our microbiome, or digestive system, to boost the healthy bacteria that already lives there.

February 16, 2018
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Breast cancer , Cancer research , General interest
Soy and Breast Cancer: Is There a Connection?

Is there a link between soy and an increased risk of breast cancer? “That’s one of the most common questions I get from breast cancer survivors,” says Wendy Chen, MD, MPH, a breast oncologist with the Susan F. Smith Center for Women’s Cancers at Dana-Farber. While laboratory studies on soy […]

January 22, 2018
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Immunotherapy , Kidney cancer , Uncategorized
Immunopatient: One Patient’s Story of Cancer and Immunotherapy

It’s not uncommon for cancer patients to take to a pen after a diagnosis. Peter Rooney’s taken that to another level. Rooney, a former journalist and author of the book Die Free, captured his cancer journey in the new book Immunopatient: The New Frontier of Curing Cancer. The following excerpt […]

January 2, 2018
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