The education of the cancer patient is a nursing responsibility. The authors feel strongly that individualization in diet therapy is most important. The guidelines, therefore, stress assessments, development of individualized diets, education, and periodic reassessment. The educational content includes information regarding the side effects, with known preventive and therapeutic measures. Measures that are acceptable, practical, and effective for one individual may to another individual be ineffective, impractical, or unacceptable. Since this is true, multiple alternatives have been given for each problem.