Nutrition is important for good health and a vital component to the healing process. Eating the right kinds of foods before, during, and after cancer treatment can help the patient feel better and stay stronger. A healthy diet includes eating and drinking enough of the foods and liquids that have the important nutrients which the body needs. Practicing healthy eating habits throughout cancer treatment is essential. Staying hydrated and maintaining muscle tissue with enough fluids, calories and nutrients can reduce treatment delays, boost your immune system and help minimize debilitating side effects such as fatigue.
Studies show that most cancer treatments work better when the patient is well nourished and gets enough calories and protein in the diet. Cancer patients who are well nourished can have a better chance of recovery and an overall better quality of life.
Make an appointment with our Registered Dietitian who can teach you options to stay healthy before, during and after cancer treatment.
Meet Our Nutritionist:
Melanie Mitchell, MS, RD, LMNT
Ms. Mitchell obtained a Bachelor of Science in nutrition from Illinois State University. Upon completing an internship at the University of Iowa Hospital (UIHC), Melanie continued on to work as a clinical dietitian for 6 years at UIHC. After relocating to Miami, Florida Melanie continued as a clinical dietitian at Mt. Sinai Hospital while working toward a Master degree in Nutrition Education. In 2008, she took time away to raise their 3 boys and complete a MS Ed.