What to Include in Diet During Kidney Cancer Treatment?

What to Include in Diet During Kidney Cancer Treatment

What to Include in Diet During Kidney Cancer Treatment?

April 18, 2020


When we undergo any kind of treatment, doctors always suggest to keep in mind the diet. In case you are undergoing kidney cancer treatment then few essential things need to be added. Read the guide to understand in detail which food items to include in the diet.

Diet plays an extremely vital role in kidney cancer treatment. Having a properly balanced diet will make it easy for you to recover smoothly. When your body gets all the essential nutrients and components it helps the body to fight with any problem effectively and the treatment also works properly. When a patient visits our cancer hospital the doctor makes sure to give the proper diet plan and let them know how it can benefit them.

Given below are some of the essential food products which you can include in your diet while undergoing kidney cancer treatment as shared by our cancer doctor.

Include loads of fruits and vegetables

Fruits and vegetables are extremely important for a balanced diet. In your daily routine, you must have 5 portions of fruits and vegetables. Each portion can be divided into the following:

  • Plain fruit juice- one glass
  • Regular sized fruit like an apple or an orange – one
  • Cut vegetables- two tablespoons
  • Vegetables or fruits- small bowl of side salad
  • Fruits like plums or grapes- Two small sized
  • Berries or dried fruits (handful)

The patients can have banana but it should not be consumed in excess because the potassium can affect the functioning of the kidneys. Make sure you consult the doctor and then make changes in your diet.

Kidney cancer patients can also include fruits like bananas though not in excess amounts, as potassium in bananas may compromise the functioning of the kidneys, especially after a nephrectomy. It is always better to consult a dietician to know a personalized diet plan for you.


Fiber helps the digestive system to work properly and absorb essential nutrients. It also reduces constipation which is the most common side effect in the cancer patients during the treatment. Fiber is of 2 types: soluble and insoluble. These are found in brown rice, lentils, peas, barley, strawberries, and pulses.

Starchy Food

Starchy food like rice, cereals, and potatoes are essential because they are the main source of energy. Some of the options are whole-wheat bread and barley as they are rich in iron and Vitamin B.

Unsaturated fat

Unsaturated fat is found in seed oils, vegetables, nuts, avocado, and oily fish like mackerel, and salmon. It also has essential fatty acids that the body cannot produce on its own.

If you have any doubts or concerns in your mind then schedule your appointment with our doctor and get a better understanding of everything.