Nutrition when you have advanced breast cancer

Breast cancer


Food and nutrition

Some women, following a diagnosis of ABC, choose to make radical changes to their diet. However, there is no scientific evidence that women with ABC need a special diet, or that a particular diet can make a difference to your long-term prognosis.

“I’m not hard or fast with my nutrition, so many people say you should eat keto, you should do this, but I’ve just been eating normal health food, and if I want a Mallowpuff, I’ll eat a Mallowpuff.”
Bridget Gage

A balanced diet

A healthy nutritionally balanced diet is recommended. This includes all five food groups: 1) plenty of vegetables, fruit and legumes; 2) wholegrain cereals; 3) lean meat, fish and poultry: 4) dairy (ideally reduced fat) and 5) water (ideally 1.5 to 2L a day).

Eating a variety of foods to keep you well-nourished will help you to feel better, have more energy and cope with treatment. If you would like further advice on nutrition speak to your specialist cancer team.

“Right now, I don’t want that added pressure and added stress and thinking ‘I need to eat this, I need to cook my family that’, I didn’t want another thing in my life to change.”
Greta Thomas
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Support and resources

Our webinar, How to Eat, deals with all things food, providing clear nutritional advice for the challenges that come with breast cancer treatment, as well as busting some of the most common diet myths.

You can also give our specialist nurses a call on 0800 226 8773 or get in contact with groups like Sweet Louise, who provide support to New Zealanders living with ABC across the country.