Nutrition and cancer
Research shows that food and nutrition support before, during and after cancer treatment can help improve quality of life, manage side effects, heal wounds, improve your immune system and reduce the risk of cancer coming back. However, the side effects of cancer and its treatment may make it hard to eat enough, or you may have trouble eating some foods.
These services and health professionals can help you to manage your food and nutrition during and after cancer treatment.
Health professionals you might see
When you visit a service there are a range of health professionals you may see. There could also be other health professionals you see at this service that are not included below.
Ask your treatment team
If you need help with food and nutrition, it is worth asking your treatment team for a referral to an appropriate health professional. In most cases there will be dietitians or nutritionists and speech pathologists working at your treatment centre. If there aren’t any working at your treatment centre, your treatment team will be able to refer you to someone who works in the community.
Questions to ask about this service
When looking at a service it is important to ask questions about how the service works before you decide to engage with them. Below is a list of questions you might like to ask when enquiring about a service.
Am I eligible?
Do I need a referral?
How much will this cost me?
Is there a wait time?
What services do you offer?
Will I be treated as an inpatient or an outpatient?
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