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Improving cancer patients’ diets

Until now, there’s been little medical guidance to help cancer patients find foods they can tolerate and maintain a healthy weight.

Jeff Sirlin could barely bring himself to eat. Everything tasted like metal. It smelled bad. It made him feel worse.

Chemotherapy was killing off the tumor in his colon, as well as his appetite. Already thin, Sirlin, 41, of Needham was quickly losing weight, endangering his strength and his recovery.

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