Proper Nutrition for Cancer Patients in Southwest Georgia
At the Phoebe Cancer Center in Albany, Georgia, we know that nutrition plays a vital role in all aspects of cancer treatment.
Proper nutrition can:
- Reduce side effects
- Increase treatment tolerance
- Speed your healing process
That's why our registered dietitian works with our patients to help them establish and maintain a sound nutrition program throughout treatment.
In addition, we encourage our patients to limit calorie intake following treatment to avoid excessive weight gain.
We also encourage our patients to participate in the Phoebe Cancer Wellness Program. The program includes an exercise plan tailored for the individual patient that helps to increase energy and a sense of well-being.
Nutrition Counseling and Dietary Supplements During Cancer Treatment
For the most part, a drastic percentage of our population suffers from obesity and inactivity which greatly increases the risk for cancer at a number of sites including colon, breast, uterus and prostate.
During treatment with chemotherapy, many patients gain weight and this should be avoided if possible. Many individuals who gain weight during chemotherapy may have a higher recurrence rate, this has especially been documented with breast cancer.
On the other hand, treatment for some cancers such as intestinal cancers and head and neck cancers with chemotherapy and radiation can result in poor nutrition and inordinate weight loss.
In these cases, patients will sometimes need special nutritional counseling and dietary supplements and, on occasion, feeding tubes to maintain adequate nutrition during the rigors of treatment.
If you have questions regarding nutrition, call (229) 312-0405. For more information about cancer treatment options or to schedule an appointment, call the Phoebe Cancer Center at 1-800-490-0684.