Recipes to help you cope with the challenge of eating during cancer treatment

Toronto (May 5, 2006) - More and more people's lives are being touched by cancer – you, a family member, friends and neighbours. Good nutrition during treatment is key to maintaining strength and energy, as well as aiding in recovery.

Cookbook author Elise Mecklinger worked closely with a team of six registered dietitians at Princess Margaret Hospital, led by Daniela Fierini, to develop the recipes for Goes Down Easy – the first cookbook of its kind in Canada.

Inspired by patients' requests for easy, practical recipes to deal with certain nutrition problems, Goes Down Easy is a practical guide for people living with cancer, their families and caregivers. Some of the most frequently asked questions are "What should I eat? What should I avoid eating? and "How will I manage meals?"

The beautifully designed Goes Down Easy cookbook, which contains over 100 recipes, is organized by symptom, so the appropriate recipe is easy to find when you need it. Each chapter includes advice from dieticians from Princess Margaret Hospital specializing in cancer, a sample meal plan, suggestions to maintain weight and strength, to keep well hydrated, and to ensure meal plans include enough calories, protein, and fluid. Because cancer patients may experience extreme fatigue, recipes require no fancy ingredients, extra shopping or preparation time.

To obtain more information or to arrange an interview with author Elise Mecklinger and Princess Margaret Hospital dietician Daniela Fierini, please contact

Attached please find a PDF of the cover of Goes Down Easy, bios, FAQs and two sample recipes with photos for publication or use.

Proceeds for the sale of the book go to the Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation in support of Canada's leading cancer research hospital.


Goes Down Easy is $24.95 CDN plus shipping, handling and taxes.
To order from anywhere:
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By phone: Call 1 866 YES PMHF or 1 866 937 7643 toll free
In Toronto 416 946 6560

Goes Down Easy will also be available at Indigo & Chapters stores across Canada, and at

About Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation

The Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation at University Health Network raises funds for research, education and the enhancement of patient care at Canada's leading cancer research hospital, Princess Margaret Hospital and its research arm, the Ontario Cancer Institute. For more information, please visit us at

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