Like HowStuffWorks on Facebook!

10 Healthy Foods for Cancer Patients

Milkshakes and Smoothies

O.K., a fat and sugar-laden milkshake a day is not recommended nutrition for cancer patients - no one's advocating fast food diet -- but adding dairy to your nutritional regime during treatment is a good way to get protein, which is essential for helping the body repair its cells and to make new ones.

And it's not just the proteins that dairy provides that are beneficial during cancer treatment. Dairy also is a good source of calcium and vitamin D, both important for skeletal health. Bone loss often occurs following chemotherapy treatment, especially in breast cancer patients who have ovarian failure with treatment, usually within 6 to 12 months. Loss of bone strength puts patients at risk for developing osteoporosis.

If milk is bothersome to you (lactose intolerant people will have bloating, cramping and diarrhea), try ready-to-drink nutritional supplements or soy alternatives instead.

For more information, see the links on the next page.