Skin Cancer Nutrition Therapy
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Nutrition Therapy for Skin Cancer
At Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA), we believe that optimal nutrition is fundamental to maintaining the strength you need to aggressively fight advanced skin cancer with an individualized treatment plan.
Cancer can deplete your body's nutrients and cause weight loss. In addition, cancer and cancer treatment can decrease your appetite and your ability to properly digest foods. While you are undergoing treatment, it is important to eat foods that provide optimal nutritional benefit. Following a healthy diet can help you to manage side effects associated with your treatment, maintain your quality of life and keep you strong to fight your cancer.
During your first visit to CTCA, you’ll meet with your dietitian and receive a comprehensive nutrition assessment. This will help your dietician to develop an individualized nutrition therapy plan designed to help you stay nourished throughout your treatment for skin cancer. Your dietitian can also provide you with education, supplementation and support throughout your care.
Using Nutrition Therapy to Combat Side Effects
Each of the therapies you may receive during your treatment for advanced skin cancer can cause different side effects. The nutrition therapy team at CTCA will work with you to decrease these complications. Your dietitian will recommend diet modifications based on your treatment regimen, micronutrient deficiencies and nutrition impact symptoms.
The following are ways that nutrition therapy for skin cancer patients can help combat the side effects of treatments:
- 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.
Skin Cancer Care Under One Roof
Your dietitian communicates regularly with your oncologists and the other members of your care team. Our Patient Empowered CareSM clinic brings your medical oncologist, clinic nurse, registered dietitian, naturopathic clinician and nurse care manager to you. With this approach, you enjoy greater comfort, convenience and privacy, by meeting with your care team in one room.
Working together in close proximity allows for a fully integrated approach to treating skin cancer. Your dietitian is able to share any specific nutrition challenges with other members of your care team. Everyone works together to find solutions that meet your individual needs.
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