Theresa Shepherd, MS, RD, CDN, CSOProper nutrition is an important part of fighting cancer. Eating the right kinds of foods (with key nutrients such as  protein, carbohydrates, fat, vitamins, minerals and water) before, during, and after treatment can help the patient feel better and stay stronger.

Eating guidelines for cancer patients can be very different from the usual suggestions for healthy nutrition. Your nutrition needs may change during your cancer journey. Dietary recommendations for cancer patients help patients cope with the effects of cancer and its treatment. Some cancer treatments are more effective if the patient is well-nourished and getting enough calories and protein in the diet. People who eat well during cancer treatment may even be able to handle higher doses of certain treatments. Being well-nourished has been linked to a better chance of recovery.

Emily Januseski, MPH, RD, CDN, CSOThe goals of nutrition therapy for cancer patients are to:

  • Prevent or correct malnutrition
  • Prevent loss of muscle, bone, and other lean body mass
  • Help the patient handle treatment
  • Reduce nutrition-related side effects and complications
  • Maintain strength and energy
  • Protect ability to fight infection
  • Help recovery and healing
  • Maintain or improve quality of life

HOA is committed to assisting our patients with their nutritional needs and assessments. HOA employs two Registered Dieticians: Theresa Shepherd, MS, RD, CDN, CSO, and Emily Januseski, MPH, RD, CDN, CSO to facilitate the understanding of our patients' nutritional needs during the cancer journey. For an appointment, please call (315) 472-7504.

Note:  Sources include the National Cancer Institute, The American Cancer Society, and the American Institute for Cancer Research.