Nutrition therapy is a key part of the integrative care model at Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) at Eastern Regional Medical Center (Eastern), located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The nutrition therapy team at Eastern supports patients from the beginning of their treatment journey to the end, helping them maintain a proper diet and a healthy appetite. Cancer patients who are malnourished may not be able to continue treatment. They may also experience additional side effects, such as fatigue or weakness, and a decreased quality of life. The CTCA® integrative care approach recognizes how important it is for patients to follow a well-balanced diet, both during treatment on-site and after they return home.
The registered dietitians (nutritionists) at our Philadelphia hospital may consider a number of factors in recommending a nutrition plan for each patient, including the patient’s medical history, disease type and other side effects that may have developed. Our dietitians may recommend a number of dietary options, including a nutrient plan rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, healthy fats and lean protein.
Good nutrition may provide several benefits for cancer patients, including:
- Supporting immune function
- Preserving lean body mass
- Rebuilding body tissue
- Decreasing the risk of infection
- Increasing strength and energy
- Supporting tolerance to treatment
- Enhancing overall well-being
The nutrition therapy team at our Philadelphia hospital is dedicated to designing nutrition plans that promote these benefits and help you manage related side effects. The goal is to help you maintain the strength and stamina you need to continue treatment and get back to your life.