Cancer Treatment Centers of America

Nutrition therapy for lung cancer

nutrition therapy

Nutrition therapy for lung cancer

For lung cancer patients who are undergoing aggressive treatments and are not able to meet their nutrition needs orally, the nutrition therapy team may recommend alternative options, including IV nutrition and feeding tubes.

In addition, cancer patients often need help controlling their sugars after surgery, because stress may raise sugar levels. Steroids that are often used to reduce side effects of chemotherapy, such as nausea, may also raise sugars. Our nutritional therapy team is available to assist you in managing blood sugar levels throughout your lung cancer treatment.

The following are ways lung cancer nutrition therapy may help combat the side effects of treatment:

  • If you experience nausea, our registered dietitians may recommend that you eat more cold foods because they don’t have a strong odor, as well as lower-fat items since fats take longer to digest.
  • If you experience constipation, our dietitians may encourage you to eat fiber-rich foods and increase your fluid intake.
  • To combat fatigue, our dietitians may recommend high-protein snacks and small, frequent meals rather than large meals.

What is nutrition therapy?

Many cancer patients experience gastrointestinal symptoms. The nutrition therapy team works with our patients to help 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 has the option of meeting with a registered dietitian. During this visit, one of our dietitians will give you a comprehensive nutritional assessment to identify daily goals for calories and protein. The dietitian will look at your health history, disease type and treatment plan to recommend nourishing foods during your cancer care.

The dietitian will monitor your nutrition status from the beginning to the end of your cancer treatment, making modifications as needed to help address side effects and prevent treatment interruptions before they arise.

Our dietitians communicate regularly with the oncologists and other members of the patient's cancer team. Working together in a team environment, all under one roof, allows for an integrated approach to treating cancer. Your dietitian may alert other members of your care team, such as your medical oncologist, to specific nutrition challenges you may be experiencing. Everyone works together to identify solutions designed to 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.

Nutrition therapy