Nutrition


What is the environment of YOUR body?

Imagine that your body is a garden and that cancer cells are the weeds.  How do you make your garden’s soil (environment) inhospitable to the cancer weeds?

Ask yourself these questions:

  • What do I eat to decrease inflammation in the body?
  • What is the health of my microbiome?
  • Do I eat anti-angiogenic foods?
  • How do I incorporate immune-boosting foods into my daily diet?

By contacting our dietitians, you will have the opportunity to ask your questions, and also discuss topics like these, to receive guidance on how best to move forward with your healthy eating efforts.  Time and attention are given to questions regarding supplementation of vitamins, minerals, and herbal formulations.  Our priority is to listen and help our patients navigate safe choices that will do no harm while on active treatment.

Our full-time registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN), is a board-certified specialist in oncology nutrition (CSO).  Less than one percent of all registered dietitians in the United States have earned the specialty CSO designation; having a certified oncology dietitian sets our nutrition program apart.

Because our oncology population is at a greater risk for malnutrition and decreased immunity when compared to other patient populations, early and timely nutrition counseling helps our patients to better:

  • tolerate prescribed treatment
  • avoid complications
  • maintain functional status
  • improve quality of life
  • heal from treatment

Nutritional counseling is also offered to our patients who have completed treatment and have transitioned into survivorship.  Research tells us that 30-40% of all cancers could be prevented by changes in diet and exercise.  Optimal nutrition remains a lifetime goal for prevention of recurrent disease and overall health.

Please visit the websites below for more information on eating healthy:

American Institute of Cancer Research
Eat to Beat Cancer
Oncology Nutrition
Rebecca Katz – The Cancer-Fighting Kitchen
American Institute of Cancer Research – Sugar & Cancer