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A diagnosis of cancer makes good nutrition more important than ever. Healthful eating can make a big difference during your cancer treatment and recovery by helping your pageContent to heal and better withstand the side effects of cancer therapy.

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Treatments for cancer may cause side effects that can interfere with usual
eating habits and normal digestion. Often, special diets may be recommended
or specific dietary tips and suggestions to help manage treatment side effects that may interfere with your diet. Your healthcare team will work with you to
help you determine the best nutritional plan for you.

Joliet Oncology-Hematology Associates, Ltd. offers the services of a full-time Registered Dietitian who is Board Certified as a Specialist in Oncology Nutrition to assist patients with dietary questions and nutritional care during treatments. The Registered Dietitian is available to all patients of Joliet Oncology-Hematology Associates, Ltd. at all of our offices. Call the main office for an appointment or for more information.

Our nutritional services include education, assessment and
counseling in:

  • Therapeutic diet instruction
  • Nutritional management of treatment side effects
  • Management of specialized feeding regimens
  • Nutrition education for patients, families, and caregivers
  • Assistance with management of nutritional support
  • Supplement recommendations
  • We also offer nutritional supplement samples (when available)
  • Diabetes, Cholesterol management, Weight management

Some important tips before starting chemotherapy:

Plan ahead
Talk with friends and family members about helping out with cooking, shopping and household chores. Let them know that you may call on them from time to time. It’s difficult to ask for help sometimes but help from family and friends
can really make a difference when you’re not feeling very well. Planning ahead also means stocking the pantry with foods and snacks you can prepare with
little effort. Having such food items on hand can make it easier to tolerate
foods and get in precious nutrients. It may also be easier to use paper plates
and cups from time to time--less mess to clean up. Keep menus of local restaurants handy, you can order out if smells of cooking bother you or
just don’t feel like cooking.

Before treatment begins
A healthy diet is essential for good health. But, if you are soon entering into treatments for cancer, a healthy diet is especially important. Eating well before treatments will allow your pageContent to have reserves to help keep your strength up and rebuild tissue and strengthen your defenses against infections.

Keep in touch with your healthcare team
Always ask questions and be sure you understand the answers. Keeping in touch with your Registered Dietitian during your treatment can help you manage side effects that may affect your dietary habits. The key word is prevention. The more you can prevent complications from treatment side effects the better you can handle treatments. If you are experiencing side effects let your nurse or doctor know immediately and keep a diary of each occurrence and a description. This can help you and your healthcare team suggest a better plan of action.

If you have any questions or comments,
please contact our office at
ph: (815) 725-1355
fax: (815) 725-1621

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