Dietitian’s have the training and skills to look after people with cancer and have an important role in helping individuals maintain a good nutritional status during and after cancer treatment.
If you are able to eat a varied and balanced diet, it should give you a wide variety of vitamins and minerals as well as energy and protein to help keep your strength up.
However, cancer treatments like radiotherapy and chemotherapy or the cancer itself can lead to a range of symptoms that can lead to a poor appetite and weight loss. A Dietitian can help support you during this time to ensure you are eating a balanced diet and help prevent nutritional deficiencies. A Dietitian may suggest suitable nutritional supplements when required.
Dietitians can also help alleviate some of the nutritional problems that occur as a result of cancer treatments and/or cancer symptoms. These include:
- Taste changes
- Nausea and vomiting
- Constipation or diarrhoea
- Swallowing difficulties
- Sore mouth
- Dry mouth
A dietitian will be able to provide you with a tailored diet plan, taking into account your medical history, lifestyle and food preferences. Written information will usually be provided for you to take home and any concerns or questions you have will be addressed.