Why is Nutrition Important?
Nutrition is the foundation for life and health. It provides energy and nutrients necessary to build and maintain the body and its functions. What we eat holds a very important role in the prevention and treatment of many diseases. Recommendations about food and eating for cancer patients can be very different from the usual suggestions for healthful eating. This can be confusing for many patients because these new suggestions may seem to be the opposite of what they've always heard. Nutrition recommendations may be specific to the type of cancer you have.
What We Have to Offer
We provide medical nutrition therapy and counseling for many nutritional needs including:
- High cholesterol and triglycerides
- High blood pressure
- Kidney disease
- Bariatric surgery
- Gastrointestinal disorders (reflux, irritable bowel)
- Eating disorders
- Food allergies and intolerance (celiac disease)
- Pediatric nutrition
- Nutrition support
What we eat depends on many factors including availability, culture, family, the media and health condition. Sometimes it can be a challenge to consider all of these things when meal planning.
Optimizing your nutritional status is important in supporting the effectiveness of cancer therapy. A healthy diet for cancer prevention and treatment includes:
- A plant-based diet high in fiber with a rich variety of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and legumes
- A low fat diet with lower-fat meats or protein sources
- Exercise and maintaining a healthy weight
Individual patient nutritional goals will vary depending on the type of cancer, treatment, nutritional status prior to treatment and symptoms that are experienced. The type of treatment will often determine the type of diet or nutrition support that will be best support meeting the patient's nutritional goals. Nutritional goals during cancer therapy may include overcoming the side effects of treatment, controlling GI symptoms, preventing malnutrition and correcting for anorexia, nutritional depletion and weight loss.
A registered dietitian is a professional who specializes in nutrition and can assist with nutritional planning for individual diet needs or nutrition support to meet the patient's individual nutritional goals.
Education and nutrition therapy are individualized to a patient's lifestyle, needs and abilities. Follow-up appointments are available to assist with adherence.
Scheduling an Appointment
You can schedule an appointment with a registered dietitian by referral from your doctor. In order to facilitate the registration process, our services offer pre-registration and insurance coverage verification over the phone. Most insurance policies require pre-authorization to be arranged by your primary care physician's office.
We look forward to working with you to enhance your nutritional health. Please call 503-261-6678 to make an appointment and for any questions about our services.
Useful Links on Nutrition
- MD Anderson Cancer Center: Nutrition & Cancer
- MD Anderson Cancer Center: Cancer Prevention
- MD Anderson Cancer Center: Tools, Resources & Links
- American Cancer Society: Nutrition for Cancer Patients
- American Institute for Cancer Research
- National Cancer Institute: Nutrition in Cancer Care
- Cancer Nutrition Center