Many cancer patients experience gastrointestinal symptoms. The Nutrition and Metabolic Support Department at Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) works with 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 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 reduce side effects and treatment interruptions before they arise.
Your dietitian will communicate regularly with your oncologists and the other members of your team about your specific nutrition challenges. Working together in close proximity allows for a fully integrated approach to treating cancer, enabling our doctors and clinicians to strategize solutions designed to meet your individual needs.
Throughout your treatment, we'll help you find foods your body can tolerate, and recommend nourishing meal plans and dietary supplementation. We'll also provide pamphlets, recipes and classes about healthy eating habits to your caregivers and family members, so you can continue a healthy lifestyle at home.
The nutrition team at Midwestern
Vice President of Integrative Medicine Carolyn Lammersfeld leads the nutrition and metabolic support team at CTCA at Midwestern Regional Medical Center (Midwestern). The team includes registered and licensed clinical oncology dietitians, as well as gastroenterologist Dr. Pankaj Vashi.
The team has significant experience in prevention and intervention of cancer-related side effects like weight loss and malnutrition. “Approximately one-third to half of the patients we see at CTCA come to our hospitals severely malnourished,” says Lammersfeld. “At CTCA, we are proactive. We are determined to address weight loss due to cancer or cancer treatment.”