The Importance of Nutrition in Cancer Prevention and Management

Rishi Dhingra

Rishi Dhingra

Cancer is a complex disease that affects millions of people worldwide. While there are many factors that can contribute to the development and progression of cancer, research has shown that nutrition plays a significant role in both cancer prevention and management. In this blog, we will explore the importance of nutrition in cancer prevention and management.

Nutrition and Cancer Prevention:

Antioxidants: Antioxidants are compounds that can help prevent damage to cells caused by free radicals, which are molecules that can contribute to the development of cancer. Foods that are rich in antioxidants include berries, leafy greens, nuts, and whole grains.

Fiber: A diet that is high in fiber has been linked to a lower risk of several types of cancer, including colorectal cancer. Foods that are high in fiber include fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and legumes.

Plant-based Foods: A diet that is rich in plant-based foods, such as fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, can help reduce the risk of several types of cancer. These foods are high in nutrients and antioxidants that can help prevent damage to cells.

Quality animal proteins: unprocessed lean or fatty animal sources like chicken, turkey, beef or fish are extremely nutrient dense and help the body fight the disease.

Healthy Fats: Omega-3 fatty acids, which are found in foods such as fatty fish and nuts, have been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties that can help reduce the risk of cancer.

Processed carbs and refined sugars: such foods that are low fiber and high in glycemic index values are the most detrimental to cancer, and should be avoided as much as possible.

Nutrition and Cancer Management:

Maintaining a Healthy Weight : Being overweight or obese has been linked to an increased risk of several types of cancer. A healthy diet that is rich in whole foods and low in processed foods can help individuals maintain a healthy weight.

Managing Side Effects of Treatment: Certain cancer treatments, such as chemotherapy and radiation, can cause side effects that affect appetite and digestion. A registered dietitian can provide guidance on how to manage these side effects through changes in diet and lifestyle habits.

Boosting Immune Function: A diet that is rich in nutrients and antioxidants can help boost immune function, which is essential for cancer management. Foods that are high in vitamin C, vitamin D, and zinc can be particularly beneficial for immune function.


Nutrition plays a significant role in both cancer prevention and management. A diet that is rich in whole foods, plant-based foods, quality animal proteins, antioxidants, and healthy fats can help reduce the risk of cancer and support the body during cancer treatment. By working with a registered dietitian, individuals can develop personalized nutrition plans that address their unique needs and goals, and help them optimize their overall health and wellbeing.

I’m a practising nutritionist, with a background in human physiology and nutritional sciences. I take a holistic & scientific approach to all aspects of health & wellness. I use food and lifestyle changes to optimize one’s nutrition to promote longevity & healthy ageing. So, if you want to hack your healthspan and be the best version of yourself, sign up for my 3 month personalised holistic health program today,   and become your own nutritionist! 

Formal Consultation and Blueprint

You’re super serious about your health goals and are eager to see results soon! Perfect!
A formal consultation is the first step in this process.

If you sign up for a formal consultation, you will receive a detailed questionnaire to fill out which I use to create a customised nutrition plan or formalised blueprint for you to follow.

I analyse your answers and the metrics you’ve recorded to define goals, calories, energy balance, macronutrients, deficits and surplus. I look at micro level detailing of your eating habits and patterns and suggest foods to add or delete based on your preferences, via a formalised blueprint.

The Blueprint will also include suggestions for eating frequency, windows and patterns. It will suggest pre and post workout nutrition options and recommend supplementation based on any deficits that show up in your questionnaire. Styles and frequency of training are also recommended.

The goal is to create a sustainable short and long term strategy to ensure you’re always in optimal health.

After creating the blueprint, a consultation call is arranged during which we go through the blueprint together. I explain macros and the role of hormones in overall health and take care of any comments, concerns or questions you may have. Once we’re aligned on the route forward, the Blueprint is sent to you.

This Blueprint will serve as the guide through your transformation journey.