Is an appointment with a dietitian helpful when you’re living with cancer?

An appointment with a dietitian can be very helpful. They will be able to give you personalised advice and guidance.

A dietitian will be able to provide evidence-based, expert advice on the diet needed to ensure you are eating as well as possible. They can provide nutritional counselling to patients and their families/carers at any stage of the cancer pathway, including rehabilitation.

An oncology dietitian can help advise patients who are experiencing specific dietary problems as a result of cancer or its treatment. These dietary problems include loss of appetite, sore or dry mouth, taste changes, weight loss, nausea and vomiting, or a change in bowel habits.

Dieticians provide patients and families or carers with practical advice on foods to choose, portion sizes and meal plans to help support patients at diagnosis, during and after treatment. Advice regarding food shopping, cooking and recipe ideas can also be provided. Dietitians also work closely with other members of a patient’s care team to provide effective and holistic care.

If you are looking for advice you can also access our online advice for living with cancer.

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