Proper nutrition is an important component of cancer care as it has been shown to decrease complications and infections, lead to fewer hospitalizations, which can interrupt treatment schedules, and improve overall quality of life. Patients of the Cancer Program are educated on lifestyle and diet changes that can improve overall health, help the body to remain strong and healthy during cancer treatments, and help to prevent cancer recurrence.
Nutrition counseling is proved by a registered dietitian, certified in oncology nutrition, who provides extensive nutrition assessment services that include:
- How to eat right during cancer treatment
- Coping with nutrition related side effects from chemotherapy and radiation
- Nutritional supplements
- Instruction for individuals requiring tube feeding