Bile Duct Cancer Nutrition Therapy
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Our dietitians work with you to develop a nutritional plan to help keep you strong and well nourished throughout your bile duct cancer treatment.
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.
The nutrition therapy team at Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) is dedicated to helping you stay strong and nutritionally balanced, so you can maintain your quality of life while fighting the disease. Every bile duct cancer patient is scheduled to meet with a registered dietitian during their 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 state and treatment plan to help you develop your individualized meal plan and recommend nourishing foods during your cancer care. Your dietitian will monitor your nutrition status from the beginning to the end of your bile duct cancer treatment, making modifications as needed to prevent malnutrition, minimize side effects and treatment interruptions, and enhance your overall well-being.
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.
The nutrition therapy team at CTCA actively partners with our naturopathic clinicians to further boost the immune system and manage side effects of bile duct cancer treatment. The teams collaborate to provide you with vitamin and mineral supplements such as ?-carotene, selenium, vitamin C and vitamin E to support optimal digestion and nutrition.
In addition to providing nutrition therapy for bile duct cancer patients, we also offer education classes and information about healthy eating habits to your caregivers and family members, so you can continue a healthy lifestyle after you return home.
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