Nutrition therapy at Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) is designed to help cancer patients maintain their body weight and strength, fight infection and reduce potential side effects of cancer treatment with a personalized nutrition plan. Some cancer patients may experience gastrointestinal problems, nausea or other symptoms that may affect their ability or desire to eat. Nutrition therapy is used to help patients manage these symptoms and stay strong and nourished during treatment.
At CTCA®, patients meet with a registered dietitian (nutritionist) in an effort to address any nutrition-related weaknesses. A dietitian is an individual trained and educated in nutritional care. A dietitian evaluates a patient’s nutritional status and makes recommendations for staying nourished with healthy foods and a well-balanced diet. Dietitians may consider many factors in making these recommendations, including your type of cancer, your treatment and side effects you may be experiencing. Our dietitians monitor your nutrition status from the beginning to the end of your cancer treatment, making modifications as needed in an effort to reduce side effects and help you reduce the risk of treatment interruptions.
Dietitians at CTCA are part of a larger nutrition therapy team focused on keeping your immune system strong, preventing malnutrition and supporting your recovery from cancer treatments. The nutrition therapy team plays a key role in the Patient Empowered Care® approach at CTCA, which surrounds each patient with a care team led by a medical oncologist and coordinated by a care manager. Depending on your needs, your care team may also include a naturopathic medicine provider, a pain management physician, a spiritual support provider and physical therapist. These team members regularly communicate with you and one another to provide an integrated approach to your care.