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A healthy, varied and balanced diet is a crucial support in the management of oncological disease, fundamentally in the management of sequelae resulting from chemotherapy treatments, such as nausea and lack of appetite.

What should you prefer?

  • Natural sweetener (Stevia)
  • coffee, teas
  • Vegetable drinks without added sugar (coconut, rice, almonds, oats)
  • Pasteurised dairy products (yoghurts, fresh or sliced ​​cheeses)
  • Fish
  • White meat (chicken, turkey and rabbit)
  • Bread or whole grains (oats, barley, rye)
  • Pasta, rice, potatoes, sweet potatoes
  • Fresh fruit
  • Unsalted nuts (almonds, walnuts, roasted peanuts, cashews, hazelnuts)
  • Seeds (sunflower, pumpkin, sesame, chia, poppy)
  • Vegetables, pulses (beans, chickpeas, peas, lentils, broad beans) and vegetables.
  • Other sources of fat (olive oil, avocado, lean butter, coconut oil)

What should you avoid?

  • Sugar and sugary products (sweets, cakes, biscuits and cookies)
  • Red meat (pork, beef, sheep, lamb); hams, sausages
  • Pre-cooked meals & fast food
  • Undercooked seafood, especially shellfish
  • Tinned goods
  • Soft drinks
  • Alcoholic beverages

It is essential to drink at least 1.5 l of water a day

All medication administered during treatment will be eliminated through the kidney.


If you don't drink enough water, the kidney will not effectively eliminate cytotoxics. This way, the chemicals will remain in your body longer, potentiating side effects or even the formation of small crystals and stones in the kidney. Some of the alternatives to drinking water are gelatins (no sugar), teas or flavoured waters.

10th September 2021

10, September 2021