Nutrition is especially important for people with cancer. Eating well can help you to maintain your body weight, improve your energy and strength, decrease the risk of infection and assist your body with healing and recovery from cancer treatments. Eating well can be challenging depending on the type of cancer you have and the treatments that you receive.
Registered Dietitians are available to help you meet your nutrition needs before, during and after treatment. A Registered Dietitian will:
- Provide a nutrition assessment and help you set realistic goals.
- Help you to manage symptoms or side effects related to cancer and treatments such as unintentional weight loss, loss of appetite, trouble swallowing, taste changes, sore or dry mouth, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or constipation.
- Provide evidenced-based nutrition care. This means their recommendations are based on the best available scientific evidence.
- Help you with nutrition support, such as tube feeding, if needed during your treatment.
Registered Dietitian services are part of your care at the Cancer Centre of Southeastern Ontario. You can ask a member of your cancer care team to refer you to a Registered Dietitian or you can self-refer by calling 613-544-2631 extension 8104.
Preparing for your first appointment with a Registered Dietitian
On the day of your appointment please check in at the Burr 0 reception desk. You are welcome to bring a family member or friend, especially if they assist you with cooking or grocery shopping.
Your first appointment will last about one hour. A Registered Dietitian will ask you about your nutrition goals and concerns.
TIP: It is helpful to write down your questions or concerns and bring this list with you to your appointment.
A Registered Dietitian will conduct a nutrition assessment. During the assessment, they may ask you questions about your past medical and surgical history, medications and supplements, weight history, symptoms, treatment plan, lifestyle habits and eating habits.
TIP: To help you answer questions about your eating habits, record your daily food and fluid intake for 3 days and bring the record with you to your appointment. Click here for a printable Food and Symptom Journal.
A Registered Dietitian will provide individualized nutrition counselling and education. They will work with you to create a personalized plan with steps to help you meet your nutrition goals.
If you are unable to attend your scheduled appointment please contact 613-544-2631 extension 4510 to cancel or reschedule your appointment.
Tips for Completing your Food and Symptom Journal
- Record everything you eat and drink for three days.
- Record the times and places (e.g. home, work, restaurant) when and where you eat.
- Record all foods, including condiments, salad dressings, dips and spreads (e.g. butter, margarine, mayonnaise, sauces, etc.).
- Record all fluids/drinks, including anything added to drinks (e.g. cream or sugar).
- Include brand names.
- Use common household measurements to describe amounts of foods and drinks (e.g. ½ cup (125 ml), 1 tablespoon). You can also use the shape of your hand to estimate portions. See below for examples:
1 cup =1 fist
½ cup = ½ fist
3 ounces = palm of hand
1 tablespoon = 1 thumb
1 teaspoon = 1 thumb tip
Record any symptoms you have and the time of day you have them.
Use a separate sheet for each day.