Carolyn Lammersfeld, the National Director of Nutrition at Cancer Treatment Centers of America, says that nutrition therapy helps patients undergoing treatment for cancer. Nutrition therapy is the science of diet and nutrition used to manage disease. Watch this video about CTCA on Youtube.
At Cancer Treatment Centers of American they access the patient’s nutritional status to determine the best diet for the patient. Often therapy involves taking supplements, eating specific foods, and sometimes tube feeding. Good nutrition heals the body, maintain muscles mass, energy, and overall well being.
They use nutrition therapy to manage the side effect of cancer treatments. Cancer treatments sometimes affect the body’s ability to absorb nutrients properly. Over, 20 to 40 percent of patients with cancer suffer from malnutrition.
Every patient at Cancer Treatment Centers of America can meet with a registered dietitian. They will give them a nutritional assessment to determine daily calories, and protein needed. Many of the foods they recommend help the patients with the side effects of cancer treatment. Food help with digestion, nausea, constipation, and diarrrhea. View CTCA’s profile on Yelp.
Carolyn says they recommend 20 to 30 grams of protein at each meal. This is lean fish, meats, poultry, eggs, beans, and dairy products. Omega 3 fatty acids in walnuts, flax seed, tuna and salmon help patients with digestion and gaining weight.
Nutrition therapy is an important part of treatment at Cancer Treatment Centers of America. All patients should take advantage of it said Carolyn Lammersfeld.