Nutrition is an important foundation for your treatment and plays a role in your health as a survivor. Every patient has the opportunity to maximize their healing and move forward during and after treatment by discussing options for a healthy diet with an oncology Registered Dietitian.
Suggestions for managing side effects and minimizing weight loss during treatment may be beneficial for patient and caregiver, with sound advice as well as food and Recipes. Check out the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) to find basic information for managing common side effects, and meet with the Registered Dietitian to customize these recommendations to each patient.
Counseling for weight loss in patients who may be overweight is available post treatment. Careful review of current eating habits may lead to healthier choices to promote healing and recovery, and reduce risk for recurrence of disease. Addressing the need for and use of dietary supplements may be beneficial. Cooking demonstrations and on-going presentations on current nutrition topics will help round out the available resources for patients, their families and their caregivers.
For those patients who need nutrition support in the form of tube feeding or parenteral nutrition the Registered Dietitian will recommend formulas to meet all of their nutritional needs and assist in obtaining prescription supplies. On-going care is provided to maintain health, manage symptoms, and transition back to eating, along with appropriate referrals for Rehabilitation Services and Speech and Language Therapy.
The Registered Dietitian is part of your care team at the BMC Cancer Center, here to meet with patients by appointment or during infusion treatments. Referrals may be made by physicians, nurses, Care Navigation, Social Work, or other providers, as well as requested by patients and families.
To schedule an appointment please call 413-443-6000.