Prostate Cancer Nutrition Therapy
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Nutrition Therapy for Prostate Cancer
Good nutrition is an important part of prostate cancer treatment. The main objective of the CTCA prostate cancer nutrition team is to support you, so you can tolerate treatment and fight the disease. Your dietitian will monitor your nutrition status from the beginning to the end of your treatment, making modifications as needed. We will proactively support your nutritional needs to prevent potential problems or treatment interruptions before they arise.
Every prostate cancer patient is scheduled to meet with a dietitian during their 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 state and treatment plan to recommend a cancer nutrition therapy plan featuring an array of nourishing foods.
Eating a well-balanced diet can help you manage side effects of prostate cancer treatment and limit treatment interruptions. For example, many prostate cancer patients are treated with radiation therapy, and may experience fatigue and diarrhea, both of which can be managed with diet modifications. Your dietitian may make recommendations to avoid spicy, greasy and gas-producing foods. To combat fatigue, your dietitian may recommend high-protein snacks and small, frequent meals. Other recommendations will be customized according to the type of cancer treatment you receive.
The cancer nutrition team at CTCA actively partners with our naturopathic clinicians to further manage side effects of prostate cancer treatment. The teams collaborate to provide you with supplements and other therapies to support optimal digestion and nutrition.
We also provide prostate cancer information and classes about healthy eating habits to your caregivers and family members, so you can continue a healthy lifestyle after you return home.
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