Cancer Nutrition Services
|Cancer Nutrition Services|
CHI Health brings person-centered, high quality care to the communities we serve. We see each patient who has cancer as an individual with unique circumstances, specific needs and personal preferences for their cancer treatment. CHI Health is pleased to offer outpatient nutrition services provided by a registered dietitian (RD) to assist you with managing nutrition needs before, during, and after cancer treatment.
What is a registered dietitian?
A registered dietitian (RD) is a food and nutrition expert that has met academic and professional requirements to provide you with the most reliable and objective nutrition information.
Why is nutrition important during cancer treatment?
Proper nutrition is essential to help you fight cancer. Cancer treatment may affect the way you eat and how you tolerate food. Eating the right foods before, during, and after treatment can help you feel better, maintain your weight, keep up your energy level, minimize side effects of treatment, and promote faster healing and recovery. Eating well includes a variety of foods that contain the necessary nutrients for the body (carbohydrates, protein, fat, vitamins, minerals, and water). Nutrition recommendations for cancer patients can be very different than recommendations for general health and wellness.
How can I benefit from nutrition counseling? Cancer treatments may include surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, hormone therapy or immunotherapy. Some healthy cells get damaged in the process of eliminating cancer cells causing the following side effects:
- Loss of appetite
- Changes in weight
- Sore mouth or throat
- Dry mouth
- Difficulty swallowing
- Dental and gum problems
- Changes in sense of taste or smell
- Lactose intolerance
- Need for alternate forms of nutrition (such as tube feeding)
A registered dietitian can help you manage these side effects to achieve and maintain adequate nutrition and hydration. You may also benefit from learning about a healthy diet before and after cancer treatment.
What kinds of nutrition services are available at CHI Health?
CHI Health has an outpatient oncology dietitian dedicated to counseling patients for both Medical and Radiation Oncology Departments. The RD is available to discuss a variety of nutrition guidelines and recommendations based on the type of cancer you have and the treatment you are receiving. Services include:
- Nutrition management of side effects from cancer treatments.
- Personalized, individual meal plans for optimal health.
- Nutrition management of tube feedings.
- Education on diet and general wellness before, during, and after cancer treatments.
- Education on nutrition supplements.
- Tolerable recipes during cancer treatment.
How can I make an appointment for nutrition counseling?
Referrals are accepted from patients, family members and health-care providers. You can contact the outpatient oncology dietitian at 402-717-4776 if you have any questions about nutrition or to schedule an appointment.
How much would it cost to meet with the RD?
CHI Health is pleased to provide FREE nutrition counseling as an integrated service of our oncology care.