Magnolia Meals at Home Promotes Nutrition, Quality Time for Families Affected by Breast Cancer

Eating well and spending time with family are two things that may be challenging while undergoing cancer treatment. A new initiative from Magnolia, the Eisai Women’s Oncology Program, aims to change that.

If you are a breast cancer patient living in or around Andover, Massachusetts or Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey and are undergoing treatment, you may be eligible to participate in a new program called Magnolia Meals at Home. A partnership between Eisai, the Cancer Support Community, CancerCare and the Meals on Wheels Association of America, this pilot program delivers free, nutritional meals to households affected by cancer so that families can spend more time together while still eating well.

To enroll, men or women with breast cancer must be living in the Andover, MA or Woodcliff Lake, NJ areas. They may be of any income and must fit one of the following criteria:
  • Currently undergoing chemotherapy, radiation therapy or hormone therapy
  • Underwent chemotherapy or radiation therapy in the last three months
  • Have been discharged from a hospital (admission was cancer-related) in the last three months

Interested in enrolling? Contact Jane E. Brown at jane@cancersupportcommunity.org or 617-733-5848.
For more information on this program, visit www.MagnoliaMealsAtHome.com.

If you’re going through cancer treatment and having trouble eating well, here are some practical tips to try:
  • Eat more frequent, smaller meals instead of three large meals. This will keep you from feeling too full and may help prevent nausea.
  • When you just don’t feel like eating, consider drinking a liquid or powdered meal replacement, such as “Instant Breakfast.”
  • Try changing the form of a food—such as having a fruit smoothie instead of a piece of fruit.
  • Eat larger meals when you feel well and are rested. For many people, this is in the morning after a good night’s sleep.

If you notice significant changes to your appetite, it’s best to talk with your doctor. Remember to consult with your health care team before beginning any diet or exercise plan.

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