Vaginal Cancer Nutrition Therapy
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Our dietitians work with you to develop a nutritional plan to help keep you strong and well-nourished throughout your vaginal cancer treatment.
Nutrition Therapy for Vaginal Cancer
Many vaginal cancer patients experience gastrointestinal symptoms. The nutrition therapy team at Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) is dedicated to helping you stay strong and nutritionally balanced, so you can maintain your quality of life while fighting the disease.
Your dietitian will monitor your nutrition status from the beginning to the end of your vaginal cancer treatment, making modifications to your cancer nutrition plan as needed to minimize side effects and treatment interruptions before they arise.
Every vaginal cancer patient is scheduled to meet with a registered 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 nourishing foods during your cancer care.
Nutrition Support for Vaginal Cancer Treatment Side Effects
Surgery is a common treatment for vaginal cancer, and patients often need help controlling their sugars post-operatively because stress can raise sugar levels. Steroids that are often used to reduce side effects of chemotherapy, such as nausea, can also raise sugars. Your dietitian will assist you in managing blood sugar levels throughout your treatment.
For vaginal cancer patients who are undergoing aggressive treatments and are not able to meet their nutrition needs orally, the cancer nutrition therapy team will provide alternative options, including IV nutrition and feeding tubes.
Care Under One Roof
Your dietitian communicates regularly with your oncologists and the other members of your vaginal cancer team. Our Patient Empowered Care® 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 vaginal cancer. Your dietitian is able to share any specific nutrition challenges with other members of your care team, such as your gynecologic oncologist and naturopathic clinician. We work together to find solutions that meet your individual needs.
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