Your nutrition status at the time of diagnosis and during your course of treatment plays an important role in your tolerance of and recovery from cancer therapy (surgery, radiation therapy and/or chemotherapy). Good nutrition also supports your immune system and decreases your risk for infection. Weight loss and loss of lean body mass should be avoided. Adequate protein, calories and high-nutrient foods are essential during this time.
We perform nutritional assessment and discuss nutritional goals with you on an individual basis. Specific methods to achieve these goals are provided along with consultation/referral (if required) with an oncology trained dietician. You will learn to use food as a tool to improve health, quality-of-life and well-being.
As part of the nutritional assessment a diet profile will typically be obtained, laboratory analysis of the blood may be required, nutrition interview may be performed and nitrogen balance as well as anthropometrics may be measured.
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