While family, friends and the internet may have ideas on what you should eat, it is best to get nutrition information from a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) who specializes in oncology. RDNs are food and nutrition experts.
At Florida Cancer Specialists, our nutrition team consists of Board-Certified Specialists in Oncology Nutrition. Our dietitians are uniquely trained to provide individualized nutrition care to address your specific medical needs. Free nutrition telehealth consultations are available at select clinic locations. Request a referral at your next clinic visit.
Our dietitians can help you:
- Optimize your nutrition before, during and after cancer treatment
- Cope with side effects like unintentional weight loss, nausea or taste changes
- Manage tube feedings
- Coordinate care with your team
- Help answer all your diet and nutrition questions
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Do you have a general question for our team of Registered Dietitian Nutritionists? See the list of FAQs below. If you have a question that is not addressed, submit your question using the form below. We will respond and update our FAQs as questions are received.
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Q: Should I take vitamins during treatment?
A: It is best to talk with your doctor or dietitian about any vitamins you are taking or want to take. Some vitamins act as antioxidants in the body and have been found to lessen the effectiveness of different cancer treatments. Although antioxidants in pill form may need to be avoided, foods that are high in antioxidants, such as fruits, vegetables, beans and nuts, are all safe to eat during treatment. In addition to possibly interfering with treatment, vitamins can also interact with medications you may be taking.
Q: Should I be using nutrition shakes and protein powders?
A: Eating foods high in protein is the best way to get enough protein in your diet. Foods high in protein include chicken, turkey, fish, beef, pork, eggs, milk, cheese, yogurt, cottage cheese, beans, tofu, nuts and seeds. If you are unable eat enough protein foods, nutrition shakes and protein powders are a good way to make up what you may be missing. There is a large variety of nutrition shakes and protein powders on the market that vary in calories, protein, vitamins, and minerals. Ask your health care team which ones they would recommend.
Q: Will I lose weight during treatment?
A: Not every cancer treatment affects one’s ability to eat enough food. In addition, managing side effects of treatment and focusing on good nutrition will help minimize weight loss. If you do start to lose weight during treatment, try to eat small frequent meals and focus on eating foods high in calories and protein. Although a few pounds might not seem like a big deal, rapid weight loss leads to loss of muscle which can contribute to fatigue and weakness.