Registered Dietitians (RDs) working in oncology practice settings, also called oncology nutritionists, are skilled, competent, and knowledgable in how to provide safe and effective nutrition care across the cancer continuum (prevention, treatment, and survivorship).
A RD may discuss with patients:
- Nutrition issues or concerns
- Swallow dysfunction
- Lack of appetite
- Loss of taste
- Sore mouth and throat
- Need for small portions
- Current food intake and tolerance
- Ability to take in nourishment and digest it
- Nutrition support options
- Tube feeding
- Intravenous (IV) nutrition
RDs may provide patients with nutrition education handouts, references, and resources as well.
RDs also communicate the plan of care to patient's treament teams- making sure to keep them all in the loop as symptoms and side effects of cancer or its treatment may make it difficult to eat well. RDs may discuss medication with patients' treatment teams and encourage their patients to do so as well! Medications, such as pain medication, can increase constipation, so many patients need laxatives. Additionally, constipation can affect desire and ability to eat well. Other medications may cause or help treat nutrition troubles, therefore it is important to discuss medications and how they interact with diet and digestion with a RD and the entire health care team.
Create a wellness plan with an RD today!
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