What Are You Eating?

Diet and Nutrition for Brain Tumor Patients and Caregivers

The diagnosis of a brain tumor can change your relationship with nutrition, food and eating, because of the way your body can tolerate your meals. With summer underway, the abundance of fruits and vegetables can help kickstart optimal nutrition for brain tumor patients and their families.

Here are a few healthy eating tips, from the ABTA’s Educational Webinar, Diet and Nutrition for Brain Tumor Patients, presented by Hannah Dalpiaz, RD, LDN, CNSC of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

  • Eat The Rainbow: Eating a variety of colorful fruits, vegetables, grains and other healthy foods can help achieve optimal nutrition and deliver the greatest amount of nutrients and antioxidants.
  • Foods Can Help With Brain Tumor Symptoms: Certain eating habits and foods can help address symptoms related to a brain tumor diagnosis and treatment, including fatigue, decreased appetite, nausea and vomiting, and more. There are specific approaches to address each brain tumor symptom – view the webinar to learn more.
  • Focus on Eating Food, Not Nutrients: Rather than isolate nutrients by taking vitamin supplements or a particular food group, try eating balanced and colorful foods in your meals to get the nutrients you need. By eating whole foods, you can gain a range of antioxidants and fiber that can be beneficial to your body.

Most importantly, talk to your physician or request an oncology dietitian who can help you with your nutritional needs before and after treatment.

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Mindee Plugues


Mindee J. Plugues, of Los Angeles, CA, is vice president, marketing for the Applebee’s brand and brings skills including brand strategy, executive leadership, and marketing to the board. Plugues has been an ABTA donor since April 2001, following her father’s passing from GBM. She is also a former member of the ABTA endurance program, Team Breakthrough.

Bob Kruchten


Bob Kruchten, of Mount Prospect, IL, is a sales manager at Extreme Reach, a leading advertising technology company. He has strong skills in communications and fundraising, and has been advocating for the ABTA for 19 years in tribute to his best friend, Paul Fabbri, who lost his 10-year battle with GBM in 1998. Kruchten accepted the ABTA’s Joel A. Gingras Jr. Award in 2015 on behalf of the Paul Fabbri Memorial Fund.