Your cancer treatment may affect your ability to eat and meet your nutritional needs. For this reason, a Registered Dietitian (RD) will evaluate your response to treatment during your first month of treatment and as needed thereafter. Some side effects and eating problems are predictable, and you can manage them yourself with the help of your medical team. More serious problems require professional help. If needed, your doctor or nurse will refer you to the dietitian for a consultation.
A registered dietitian is an integral member of the interdisciplinary treatment team at the Cancer Center and is available to help patients who are having difficulty.A registered dietitian has completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Food and Nutrition and must complete 75 hours of continuing education every five years to maintain his or her their registration status. North Carolina requires dietitians to be licensed in addition to being nationally registered. Additionally, Cancer Center Dietitians are oncology certified and trained to meet the special needs of cancer patients.
Cancer Center dietitians are experienced in handling all types of dietary problems, modified diets, tube feedings and IV nutrition. If you are having difficulties with eating or meeting your nutritional needs, please tell your nurse and/or medical provider.
The Cancer Center dietitians are here to help you maintain your weight and strength, which is very important while you are undergoing cancer treatment.