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Nutritional Mgmt. of Side Effects

Nutrition and Cancer: Nutritional Management of Treatment Side Effects For Children

Nutritional management of treatment side effects

Your child's cancer treatment (chemotherapy, radiation, medications, and surgery) may cause side effects, such as nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea. This can contribute to poor nutrition and poor growth. Other factors that may influence how well children eat or maintain their weight include:

If a child with cancer maintains adequate nutrition, then he or she may be more likely to:

Nutritional side effects of cancer treatment and suggestions

Helpful hints

Use creative meal presentations. Instead of pancakes and sausage, make a butterfly. Use the sausage link for the butterfly body, cut the pancake in half, and place the rounded edges against the link.

As each child's individual medical profile and diagnosis is different, so is his or her reaction to treatment. Side effects may be severe, mild, or absent. Be sure to discuss with your child's cancer care team possible side effects of treatment before the treatment begins.

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