A healthy diet for cancer patients

When you’re fighting cancer, it’s important to give your body every possible advantage. Among other things, that means keeping up your strength with a healthy diet. But it can be difficult to get the proper nutrition when you’re dealing with the effects of cancer and its treatment. These may include nausea, fatigue, loss of muscle, changes to your sense of taste or smell, appetite loss, constipation or diarrhea, difficulty chewing or swallowing and other symptoms. Well-meaning acquaintances are often full of advice about food for cancer patients, some of which is helpful and some of which is not. How do you know what’s right for you?

Nutrition counseling at the Cancer Center

St. Charles Health System provides a multidisciplinary approach to cancer treatment, including clinical nutritional guidance. Our goal is to help you feel better by preventing nutrient deficiencies, boosting immune function, promoting healing and managing side effects. This may include counseling, menu planning assistance, medical nutrition supplementation and more as needed. Your nutrition plan will be designed around you, with your needs, symptoms and goals in mind.

No need to make additional trips for extra appointments; our registered dietitian nutritionists meets with you while you’re in our Cancer Center for your other regular treatments. In addition to checking in on your progress, you’ll have an opportunity to discuss concerns and ask questions as needed.

If you have questions about nutrition counseling for cancer patients or about cancer treatment at St. Charles Bend or St. Charles Redmond, contact our Cancer Center today at 541-706-5800. We’re ready to support you.

St. Charles Health System offers cancer patients specialized nutrition counseling in Central Oregon.