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Nutrition therapy for bile duct cancer

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Nutrition therapy for bile duct cancer

Many bile duct cancer patients may experience nutritional imbalance (high-nutrient need and low-nutrient intake) because of loss of appetite, fatigue and a reduction in digestive function that results from cancer or its treatment.

Our registered dietitians work closely with the other members of your care team, including your gastroenterologist and naturopathic clinician, throughout your treatment. Together, they may suggest supplements and other therapies to support healthy digestion and nutrition that may help you manage side effects.

For bile duct cancer patients who are undergoing aggressive treatments and are not able to meet their nutrition needs orally, the nutrition therapy team may offer alternative options, including intravenous (through the vein) nutrition and feeding tubes.

 

What is nutrition therapy?

Many cancer patients experience gastrointestinal symptoms. The nutrition therapy team works with our patients to help restore digestive health, prevent malnutrition and provide dietary recommendations during treatment. Our 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 a registered dietitian. During this visit, one of our dietitians will give you a comprehensive nutritional assessment to identify daily goals for calories and protein. The dietitian will look at your health history, disease type and treatment plan to recommend nourishing foods during your cancer care.

The dietitian will monitor your nutrition status from the beginning to the end of your cancer treatment, making modifications as needed to help address side effects and prevent treatment interruptions before they arise.

Our dietitians communicate regularly with the oncologists and the other members of the patient's cancer team. 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 experiencing. 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 a healthy lifestyle at home.

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