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Department of Radiation Oncology

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Nutrition Services

Together with a Registered Dietitian (RD), you will set nutrition goals to improve your health.

People with cancer often need to follow diets that are different from what they
think of as healthy and may need to eat to keep up their strength to deal with the side effects of treatment. For example, you may need extra protein and calories. However, if your appetite has decreased or you have trouble chewing and swallowing, this might be a challenge. In addition, in order to mange certain side effects you may need to eat low-fiber foods instead of those with high fiber. Our dietitian here at the radiation clinic can help you with any diet changes you may need to make in an individual basis or you may also receive general information by attending our monthly nutrition classes held on the first Wednesday of the month.

Talk with your doctor or nurse if you are not sure what to eat during cancer
treatment. Ask him or her to refer you to a dietitian. A dietitian is the best person
to talk with about your diet. Our dietitian can provide tips on ways to:

    • get the most from foods and beverages
    • take special care with food to avoid infections, and
    • provide assistance to caregivers to facilitate them in their efforts of caring for their loved one’s meals and/or diet

 

Medical Nutrition Therapy Provided by our Registered Dietitian includes:

    • a review of what you eat and your eating habits
    • thorough review of your nutritional health, and
    • a personalized nutrition treatment plan
    • The first visit with a Registered Dietitian will take approximately an hour. After your first session, the RD will schedule follow-up appointments to check on your progress and see if changes are needed in your nutrition goals and treatment plan.

 

For further assistance, you can reach our dietitian at (212) 305-9355 Wednesdays – Fridays or one of our Patient Financial Advisors at (212) 305-2991.

 

References:

  1. “Medical Nutrition Therapy Services” (pdf) from eatright.org
  2. “Eating Hints Before, During, and After Cancer Treatment” from the National Cancer Institute
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