Nutritional problems associated with different types of cancer

Nutritional problems associated with different types of cancer


Another point to bear in mind is that different kinds of cancer carry certain potential nutritional dangers. The table below provides a guide on some of the nutritional risks associated with some of the main cancer types. However, due to the enormous diversity in cancer types and treatments, this can be no more than a general guide, and you should discuss any individual nutritional concerns with your doctor and treatment team.
Nutritional risks associated with different types of cancer

(Adapted from chronic problems Nutrition and Cancer Shaw- table 9.1)
If you have a type of cancer that is associated with nutritional difficulties or weight loss, then it becomes even more important to try to eat well as well as you can. However, while it’s your responsibility to keep an eye on your nutritional health, as I said above, do please remember you don’t have to do it alone. Indeed, you mustn’t – that’s what your medical care team is there for! So, if you are finding good nutrition difficult, it is important to seek help sooner rather than later. This is also why I and other health care professionals weigh you and ask you about how well you are eating.
It is also important for you to speak up if you are having problems with treatment side effects.

High protein breakfast

Protein pancakes (a good recipe for the day of treatment)

  • 1 egg
  • 5 egg whites
  • 120g oats
  • Honey or maple syrup
  • Blueberries
  • Oil spray


  1. Whisk together egg and oat mix
  2. Spray or use a non stick fry pan
  3. Pour mixture into pan
  4. Turn when it starts to bubble

Serve with honey or maple syrup and blueberries
What a yummy way to boost the morning, with 38g of protein of which 25g is high value protein.