Dietetics

What are the roles of Dietitian in cancer care?

Proper nutrition is essential for living well during and after treatment

Our in-house Oncology Dietitians are nutrition experts who provide clinical support to help cancer patients understand proper nutrition for their specific conditions. Dietitian’s primary role is to identify patients who are at high risk for malnutrition or significant weight loss, and to work with those patients to maintain their nutritional status during treatment. Dietitian will be able to give the right solutions to problems, which range from hints for taking food when you are nauseated or have a poor appetite to assisting with feeding tubes. It is vital for cancer patients to meet their goals for calories, protein, and fluid in order to assist them with completing their planned treatment. A good diet will prevent treatment interruptions, ease side effects, and improve overall quality of life. 

Why is Dietetics Counselling important?

Nutrition as a form of medication

Majority of cancer patients experience weight loss, decreased appetite and taste changes. Poor appetite is a common frustration for many cancer patients and their families. Food becomes a difficult battle if the patient or caregivers do not understand the reason why patients struggle to eat. In Dietetics Counselling, patients and caregivers can learn the common issues faced by cancer patients and share their own dietary difficulties with the dietitian. Dietitian will provide suggestions on the easiest way to consume increased calories based on the difficulties, side effects and individual challenges faced. Dietitian will then build an individualized meal plan that is tolerable, based on patient’s preferences. Staying hydrated can be challenging too, so dietitian’s meal plan often include fluid-rich foods to help prevent dehydration. 

Dietary Articles by our Dietitian Marcus Lee

Identifying facts and myths

More often than not, patients, families and caregivers tend to face difficulty identifying if the dietary information are true. The role of our dietitian is also to reassure and educate the right dietary information, and separate the misinformation so our patients can fully benefit from their diet plan. 

What is Colostrum

December 5th, 2017|

What is Colostrum 5th December 2017, Dietitian Marcus Lee, Mount Miriam Cancer Hospital Colostrum is the first milk secreted by mammals within the first few days after giving birth. [...]

How To Add Protein Into Your Meal

October 25th, 2017|

How To Add Protein Into Your Meal 25th October 2017, Dietitian Marcus Lee, Mount Miriam Cancer Hospital Cancer patients who are undergoing treatment, need more protein than healthy [...]

Is Broccoli Good For Cancer Patients?

October 11th, 2017|

Is Broccoli Good For Cancer Patients? 11th October 2017, Dietitian Marcus Lee, Mount Miriam Cancer Hospital Cruciferous vegetables are a diverse group of plant that includes broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, kale, [...]

To Grill or Not to Grill?

June 16th, 2017|

To Grill or Not to Grill? Is eating grilled meat safe? Over recent years, many studies have shown that meat cooked at high temperature may increase the risk of [...]

Nutrition Facts About Chicken

June 15th, 2017|

Nutrition Facts About Cancer Lean chicken breast is high in protein but low in fat. High protein diets may play a significant role in helping cancer patients to maintain [...]

Does Lemon Water Detox Work?

June 14th, 2017|

Does Lemon Water Detox Work? Advocates of detox dieting say that lemon water is good for removing toxins or harmful substances from the body. However, there is no scientific evidence [...]

Can Vegetarian Diet Prevent Cancer?

April 29th, 2017|

Can Vegetarian Diet Prevent Cancer? It is reasonable to suggest that a vegetarian diet has health-promoting features because of low saturated fat, high in fiber, vitamins and phytochemicals. It’s [...]

Dietary Cholesterol & Cancer

April 28th, 2017|

Dietary Cholesterol & Cancer Cholesterol was back in the headlines recently as the new U.S. Dietary Guidelines has removed the limit on cholesterol intake. However, the guidelines stated that [...]

Is Chicken Cancerous

April 28th, 2017|

Is Chicken Cancerous? Is chicken cancerous?      There is no scientific evidence to show that eating white meat, such as chicken, can increase cancer risk. Chicken and other types of [...]

Soy or No Soy

April 28th, 2017|

Soy or No Soy Soy or no soy? Many cancer patients are fearful of eating soy. This is particularly common among breast cancer patients. Because soy contains estrogen-like compounds, [...]

Acid or Alkaline Diet

April 28th, 2017|

Acid or Alkaline Diet I always hear about using diet to control the pH of our body. Some people claim it helps in weight loss and detoxification; others say [...]

Sugar & Cancer

April 28th, 2017|

Sugar & Cancer The myth: We always hear myths about cancer, one of them is “sugar can feed cancer cells”. To gain credibility, the anonymous author of this statement [...]