Navigating nutrition during cancer treatment can be difficult and overwhelming. Oncology Supportive Services provides a Registered Dietitian to meet patient’s nutritional needs and provide education. A Registered Dietitian is an individual who provides Medical Nutrition Therapy – nutritional diagnostic, therapeutic, and counseling services for the purpose of disease management and prevention. In addition, our dietitian is board certified in nutrition support – IV nutrition and tube feeding. Whether receiving nutrition from food or by alternate routes, patients can receive assistance with nutrition before, during, and after cancer treatment.
Feeding tube management
Common topics addressed:
- Maintaining a healthy weight
- Loss of appetite
- Gastrointestinal issues
- Optimal nutrition & hydration
- Vitamin and Mineral intake
- Side effects of treatment
Weight Management & Nutrition Classes
Highlands Oncology offers weight management and nutrition classes to our patients at no charge. These classes are recommended by the physicians and medical staff at Highlands and will help provide valuable knowledge as it relates to your overall health.
All methods of cancer treatment, whether radiation, chemotherapy, hormone therapy, or biotherapy, target fast-growing cancer cells. But the damage to healthy cells may produce unpleasant side effects that can cause problems eating. Cancer treatment becomes a “new norm” and eating needs to be adapted to ensure you stay nourished.
The focus is on developing a lifestyle of eating that promotes the maintenance of a healthy weight.
This class benefits individuals who are newly diagnosed or undergoing treatment. The focus is on developing a healthy eating plan and strategy to deal with the side effects of treatment
Erin Moore, MS RD LD CNSC
Registered Dietitian / Nutritional Services Manager