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Why is nutrition important?

Diet is an important part of cancer treatment. Nutrition plays a significant role in the care and management of people who have been newly diagnosed with cancer, those currently undergoing treatment, and those who are in remission and trying to prevent recurrence.

Choosing the right balance of foods can help patients maintain their strength and energy during treatment and improve their overall health after treatment. Eating healthy can help prevent nutrient deficiencies, preserve lean body mass, and minimize nutrition-related side effects of cancer and its treatments. The clinical dietitians are available to provide nutrition counseling to all Program in Women’s Oncology and Breast Health Center patients. Services are available before, during, and after treatment. Inpatient clinical dietitians can meet with oncology patients during their hospital stay. The outpatient dietitian is available at the request of the doctor or patient.

What nutrition services are available?

Our dietitians offer a number of services and also provide education on a variety of topics, including: 

  • Oncology nutrition.
  • Weight management.
  • Nutrition management of high cholesterol, hypertension, diabetes, and gastrointestinal disorders.
  • Wellness nutrition.
  • Vitamin/mineral supplements.
  • Eating on the run.
  • Dining out while maintaining a healthy diet.

You can “Create Your Weight”

In addition, our nutritionists lead a wellness program entitled “Create Your Weight.” This nine-week program, based on American Dietetic Association guidelines, includes nutrition education, physical activity, and the role of behavioral therapy in weight reduction and management. Topics covered include:

  • Balanced meal and snack planning.
  • Exercise.
  • Whole grains.
  • Portion control.
  • Vitamins.
  • Food shopping and label reading.
  • Dining out while eating healthy.
  • Recipe modification.

This program is open to all patients, friends and family who want to learn about how to improve the nutritional quality of their diet. For more information, dates and times for upcoming classes, please contact Lauren Talbert, RD, LDN, at (401) 274-1122, ext. 48753.

Does my insurance cover nutrition services?

Many insurance plans will cover your visit with a registered dietitian. If you are unsure, call your insurance provider and ask if you are eligible to see a registered dietitian.

If you are interested in scheduling an appointment for a nutrition consultation, please speak with one of the schedulers when checking out after your doctor’s visit, or call (401) 453-7540.