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Nutrition therapy for bile duct cancer

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What is nutrition therapy?

Many cancer patients experience gastrointestinal symptoms. The Nutrition Therapy team helps 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 is scheduled to meet with a registered dietitian during the first visit to CTCA. During this visit, you are given a full assessment to identify daily goals for calories and protein. Your dietitian will look at your health history, disease type and treatment plan to recommend nourishing foods during your cancer care.

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

Your dietitian communicates regularly with your oncologists and the other members of your cancer team. Working together in close proximity allows for a fully integrated approach to treating cancer. Your dietitian is able to share any specific nutrition challenges with other members of your care team, such as your oncologist. Everyone works together to find solutions that 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.

Nutrition therapy

Video: Nutrition Therapy at CTCA

Learn about the goals of our nutrition therapy program at CTCA, as well as how nutrition therapy is personalized and integrated into our patients’ cancer treatment plans.

Nutrition therapy for bile duct cancer

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

Your dietitian will work closely with the other members of your care team, including your gastroenterologist and naturopathic clinician, throughout your treatment. Together, they will recommend supplements and other therapies to support optimal digestion and nutrition, and 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 cancer nutrition therapy team will provide alternative options, including intravenous (through the vein) nutrition and feeding tubes.

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