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 Southeastern
The nutrition and metabolic support team at CTCA at Southeastern Regional Medical Center (Southeastern) is staffed by licensed and registered clinical oncology dietitians. The team works closely with gastroenterologist Dr. Kevin Woods, who serves as Chief of Interventional Endoscopy, Gastroenterology & Nutrition.
“From the first meeting with the patient, we discuss a nutrient-rich diet and set the precedent that we are there for them and will be their nutrition resource,” says registered dietitian Crystal Langlois. “We support and guide our patients toward healthy food choices as much as possible before, during and after treatment.”
The nutrition team at Southeastern also work closely with Chef Roy Khoo to develop and provide healthy, nutritious meals for patients and caregivers. Langlois and Chef Khoo also provide culinary demonstrations, which highlight Chef Khoo’s culinary skills in preparing healthy meals as Langlois provides important nutrition information.
“Nutrition and culinary services naturally work synergistically,” says Langlois. “At CTCA, the registered dietitians work closely with Chef Khoo to nurture the chef’s creative flair and desire to provide five-star service to our patients and guests.”