Head and Neck Cancer Nutrition

Keeping your body as strong and healthy as possible during your treatment is very important to help your body fight the cancer; to help you recover as quickly as possible; and to help you be as comfortable as possible in the process. Getting adequate nutrition is essential in this process.

Treatment for head and neck cancer raises some considerations for eating that are not encountered in treatment for cancer in other parts of the body. This information will help you understand what to expect at different stages in your treatment. We have also included some tips to help you along the way.

This information is not intended to replace a conversation with your doctors, nurses, dietitians or therapists. Instead, it is intended to help you feel more comfortable talking with the staff by giving you more background information and perhaps by raising some issues that you had not thought of yet, but would want to know about. Because everyone has a unique situation, it is important that you tell your medical staff what you are experiencing. Ask them any questions you have and be open to trying different strategies.