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Nutrition therapy for esophageal cancer

nutrition therapy

Nutrition therapy for esophageal cancer

Radiation therapy is a common treatment for esophageal cancer. At CTCA, we strive to be proactive about side effect management, by preventing and planning for any issues before they arise. One side effect of radiation therapy is difficulty swallowing. A feeding tube may be placed before radiation therapy begins, to help you maintain good nutrition throughout treatment. The feeding tube is removed once treatment is finished and you can swallow comfortably.

When cancer affects the digestive tract, the types of food a person can eat or the quantity of food tolerated at one time may need to be modified.  Your registered dietitian can help you choose which foods to include at meals to meet your specific needs.

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.

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