What is Wellness and nutritional support?
While receiving treatment, a lot of cancer patients experience gastrointestinal symptoms as they may find meeting their nutrition needs challenging. Nutrition-related symptoms may lead to loss of appetite, weight loss, a need for a modified diet texture, dietary restrictions, or specialized feeding approaches.
With us, you don’t have to manage this complex challenge by yourself. Our nutritionist at Millennium Cancer Center works on one on one with our patients to help restore digestive health, prevent malnutrition and provide dietary and exercise recommendations during your treatment. Our primary goal is to help you stay strong and nourished so you can continue with your cancer treatment.
Every patient has the option of meeting with our registered dietitian. During this visit, you will receive a comprehensive nutritional assessment to identify daily goals for calories and protein. The dietitian will analyze your health history, disease type and treatment plan to recommend nourishing foods for you during your cancer care.
The dietitian will monitor your nutritional status from the start to the end of your cancer treatment, making modifications along the way if needed to help address side effects and prevent treatment interruptions before they arise.
Our dietitians communicate regularly with the members of the patient’s cancer team at Millennium Cancer Center. Working together in close proximity allows for a fully integrated approach to treating cancer. Your dietitian is able to alert other members of your care team, such as your medical oncologist, to specific nutrition challenges you may be facing. Everyone works together to identify solutions designed to meet your individual needs.
We also provide information and classes about healthy eating habits to your caregivers and family members, so you can continue your healthy lifestyle at home.