Cancer Treatment Centers of America

Nutrition therapy for melanoma

nutrition therapy

Nutrition therapy for melanoma

Treatment for melanoma may cause side effects, including weight loss, fatigue, nausea, diarrhea, constipation, low blood counts and increased risk of infection. These side effects may inhibit your ability to stay nourished and interfere with your treatment.

Our registered dietitians are available to work with you and the other members of your care team, including your oncologist, gastroenterologist and naturopathic clinician, throughout your treatment. Together, they may recommend supplements and other therapies to support optimal digestion and nutrition, and help you manage side effects.

For instance, using ginger products and eating bland foods may help you manage nausea. Also, consuming enough protein to build red and white cells may be a challenge, but it is vital. Our dietitians may recommend an appetite stimulant, high-protein nutritional drinks, or specific high-protein foods to help you meet your needs. If you have low blood counts, you'll need to careful to reduce bacterial exposure from food. Our dietitians are available to help you navigate which foods to avoid and help you find substitutes.

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 the 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