Esophageal Cancer Nutrition Therapy
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Nutrition Therapy for Esophageal Cancer
Your health is our priority throughout your esophageal cancer treatment. The nutrition team at Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) will design an individualized nutrition plan to help you stay strong and fight cancer.
You will meet with a registered dietician who will assess your nutrition status. Based on your unique needs, we will create a dietary plan to support your overall health and well- being. Your cancer nutrition plan will be designed to help you decrease and manage side effects associated with esophageal cancer treatment, as well as build up your body’s natural defenses.
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.
Your registered dietitian will work closely with other members of your care team, including your naturopathic clinician and your oncologist, to support your wellness throughout your treatment. If you are experiencing side effects as a result of treatment, your esophageal cancer nutrition plan will change with it.
Good nutrition is essential during, as well as after, treatment. We will teach you the proper foods to eat and provide personalized nutrition support. This includes information on how to shop for food at the grocery store once back home. Even after your esophageal cancer treatment has ended, our nutrition therapy team is always here to answer any questions.
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