The oncology dietitians at the Dorothy E. Schneider Cancer Center provide advice and strategies for patients and families who may face challenges with nutrition during cancer treatment.
Nutrition is an integral part of cancer care. Sometimes, cancer or its treatment may cause changes in appetite or taste, difficulty swallowing, dehydration, diarrhea or constipation, and nausea. We help you reduce those problems, and improve your overall nutrition.
Our dietitians work with you and your family to evaluate the foods you eat and help develop personalized food guidelines. We also encourage you to take an active role in your care and to make healthy eating choices. Our dietitians are part of your overall care team and consult regularly with your oncologist.
Specific Nutrition Services
Dietitians work with patients and their families to:
- Screen and assess for nutrition risk
- Determine your nutritional goals
- Provide practical suggestions to help meet your nutritional needs
- Teach you how to reduce and cope with treatment side effects that might lead to weight loss, dehydration and an overall decrease in energy
- Design personal dietary guidelines
- Offer strategies for your family or caretakers to help you get the best nutrition and quality of life
- Provide information regarding nutritional and dietary supplements
- Provide follow-up care as needed through your treatment
Benefits of Nutrition Counseling
Being well-nourished during cancer treatment improves your changes of recovery.
Maintaining optimal nutrition can help you:
- Prevent or correct malnutrition
- Prevent loss of lean body mass
- Help you better tolerate treatment
- Reduce nutrition-related side effects and complications
- Maintain or improve strength and energy
- Improve ability to fight infection
- Improve recovery and healing after treatment
- Maintain or improve quality of life