Oncologist-approved cancer information from the American Society of Clinical Oncology

Diet and Nutrition

The effect of diet and nutrition on cancer prevention and recurrence (the return of cancer after treatment) is one of the most studied topics in medicine. Although the role of diet in heart disease or diabetes is fairly clear, it is not as clear for cancer. Researchers continue to learn how various nutrients affect cancer growth and development.

In this section, current evidence regarding the relationship between diet and cancer is reviewed.

The Role of Major Nutrients in Cancer Prevention

This section introduces the complexities of studying diet and cancer and the role of nutrients in food, including dietary fat and dietary fiber. It also reviews the research on protein and dairy products.

Meal Planning and Grocery Shopping

Eating well can improve the overall health and well-being of people living with cancer. However, deciding what to eat, shopping for groceries, and preparing food often take a lot of time and energy. Efficient meal planning and grocery shopping helps you get the nutrition you need with less effort.

Plant-Based Foods

Learn more about the relationship between the active compounds in plants and cancer prevention.

Alcohol

Find information on the link between alcohol and cancer.

Expert Q&A: Vitamin D and Cancer Risk

Vitamin D is one of several nutrients that the body needs to stay healthy. It may also play a role in reducing the risk of cancer, and several research studies are exploring this link. Cancer.Net talked with Richard Goldberg, MD, to learn more about current research on vitamin D and what people should know.

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