Nutrition is fundamental to everyday living and an integral part of the healing process. Oncology treatment can overwhelm even a healthy patient’s nutritional reserve due to the cancer itself, and also to treatments that may include surgery, chemotherapy and radiation. Medical Nutrition Therapy, provided by registered, licensed oncology dietitians, can help patients improve their ability to:
- Heal from their treatment
- Tolerate prescribed treatment
- Avoid complications
- Maintain functional capacity
- Protect quality of life
The dietitian works with patients and their families not only during treatments, but also before and after, to provide nutrition advice and guidance throughout the continuum of cancer care.