Oncology patients have special nutritional needs as they take powerful drugs or undergo surgery to treat their cancer. At The Program in Women's Oncology, we have clinical dietitians available to meet with our patients to share tips and help them choose the right balance of foods to help maintain strength and energy. Eating healthy can help:
- Prevent nutrient deficiencies
- Preserve lean body mass
- Minimize nutrition-related side effects of cancer and its treatments
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Patients can meet with the dietitians before, during and/or after treatment. Inpatient clinical dietitians are also available to meeting with patients during a hospital stay.
The dietitians offer a number of services and can provide education on different 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 healthy
Many insurance plans will cover a visit with a registered dietitian.
To schedule an appointment for a nutrition consultation, call (401) 453-7540, or speak with one of the schedulers in the Program in Women's Oncology or Breast Health Center after a doctor's appointment.