Why is it important to eat well during prostate cancer treatment? What can you eat to help you manage side effects of treatment such as diarrhea, gas and bloating? Christy Brissette, MSc, Registered Dietitian at the ELLICSR Kitchen interviews Sarah Buchanan, Registered Dietitian at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre about common side effects people experience on prostate cancer treatment that can affect their eating and nutrition. Sarah gives practical tips on changes you can make to your diet to help manage digestive side effects that may happen on radiation treatment.

Why is eating well during prostate cancer treatment important?
– Good nutrition can help you :
– Maintain your weight
– Get enough nutrients
– Stay strong
– Repair tissue
– Keep your immune system strong to help fight off infection

What are common side effects of prostate cancer treatment?
– Diarrhea
– Gas and bloating
– Loss of appetite

What changes can you make to your diet to help manage digestive side effects?
– Lower the amount of fibre, fat and lactose in your diet. Lactose is a sugar naturally found in milk and soft cheese.
– Avoid gassy foods such as broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts and cabbage
– Avoid carbonated beverages (fizzy drinks)
– Eat slowly and chew food well
– Avoid sucking on candies or chewing gum
– Eat smaller meals more often. An empty stomach can make gas worse.

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Disclaimer: These materials are to be used for informational purposes only. They do not replace professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Please consult your health care provider for advice about your health and medical condition.

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