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Nutrition therapy for prostate cancer

nutrition therapy

What is nutrition therapy?

Many cancer patients experience gastrointestinal symptoms. The Nutrition Therapy team helps 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 is scheduled 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 minimize side effects and treatment interruptions before they arise.

Your dietitian communicates regularly with your oncologists and the other members of your cancer team. Working together in close proximity allows for a fully integrated approach to treating cancer. Your dietitian is able to share any specific nutrition challenges with other members of your care team, such as your oncologist. Everyone works together to find solutions that 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

Video: Prostate Cancer Nutrition

Prostate Cancer Nutrition

Nutrition therapy for prostate cancer

The main objective of the CTCA prostate cancer nutrition team is to support you, so you can tolerate treatment and fight the disease. We will proactively support your nutritional needs to prevent potential problems or treatment interruptions before they arise.

Here are some ways nutrition therapy can help combat the side effects of prostate cancer treatment:

  • If you experience nausea, your dietitian 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, your dietitian may encourage you to eat fiber-rich foods and increase your fluid intake.
  • To combat fatigue, your dietitian may recommend high-protein snacks and small, frequent meals rather than large meals.
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