A diagnosis of cancer can be overwhelming. You will have many decisions to make and many choices regarding your treatment options. Good nutrition can be a positive way of managing your stress and helping your body adapt to changes. Understanding nutrition and its impact on cancer can be an ally in the fight against cancer, helping to manage symptoms and providing insight on how what you eat can impact the disease.
Good nutrition is especially important if you have cancer because the illness itself, as well as its treatments, can have an effect on your appetite. Cancer and cancer treatments can also affect your body's ability to tolerate certain foods and/or process foods to get the most out of the nutrients in them.
The nutrient needs of people with cancer vary. Your cancer care team and a registered dietitian can help you identify your cancer nutrition goals and plan ways to help you meet them. Healthy diets for cancer patients can help you feel better, stay stronger during treatment and heal more quickly.
Making your own nutrition choices, no matter how small they may seem, is something you can do to help yourself in your cancer journey. Being involved with your own nutritional self-care is one way to become an active member of your cancer care team. This, in turn, can help you regain a sense of control over your future.
At Emory Decatur Hospital, you can request a private, individualized nutrition consultation with the outpatient Cancer Center Registered Dietitian who specializes in healthy diets for cancer patients. This oncology nutrition specialist will tailor the discussion to your specific questions and nutritional needs. The Cancer Center understands the special nutritional needs of a cancer survivor and, therefore, provides this service at no charge.
Click here for an in-depth Cancer Nutrition Guide and call 404.501.5015 to schedule an appointment.