Oncology Nutrition

Nutrition is an important part of your cancer treatment. Choosing the right kinds of foods to nourish your body can help you stay stronger and feel better throughout your treatment.

Cancer itself, as well as its treatments, may affect your appetite. It may also change your body’s ability to tolerate certain foods and use certain nutrients. The dietitians at the Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center can assist you in making informed choices about nutrition.

Should You Contact a Cancer Dietitian?

You do not have to wait until you are referred by your doctor. We are part of your supportive care team and available to help before, during, and after your cancer treatment. Contact our registered dietitians to help with nutrition-related questions or to set up one-on-one consultations.

Our dietitians can help you:

  • Minimize side effects from treatments such as chemotherapy, hormonal medications, transplants, and surgery
  • Enhance quality of life during treatment
  • Improve ability to tolerate treatment
  • Achieve and maintain a healthy weight
  • Prevent or correct nutritional deficiencies
  • Incorporate healthy nutrition habits
  • Provide nutritional guidance on alternative nutritional therapies
  • Educate family members about patient’s special nutrition needs

For more information or an appointment with a cancer dietitian, please call us at 214-645-HOPE (4673).