ALERT

Due to the overwhelming surge in COVID-19 cases and the strain it has placed on health care capacity in the communities we serve, the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare has activated crisis standards of care statewide. We are open and available to see patients, but you may experience delays at our ERs, hospitals, and clinics. We appreciate your patience. Access more info on COVID testing, vaccination, visitor policy, hospitalization data, and FAQs.

toggle mobile menu Menu
toggle search menu

Site Navigation

Supplemental

Menu

Specialties

Nutrition Services for Cancer Patients

Nutrition counseling for cancer patients can help you personalize your plate and create a sustainable nutrition approach that fits your individual needs for today and into the future. Our team of registered dietitian nutritionists is dedicated to helping you improve your health through evidence-based nutrition education and counseling during and after cancer treatment. 

Medical nutrition therapy (MNT) is an essential component of comprehensive health care. It includes a comprehensive nutrition assessment determining the nutrition diagnosis, nutrition intervention planning and implementation using evidence-based nutrition practice guidelines, and monitoring and evaluation of progress over subsequent visits.

Common Eating Problems During Cancer Treatment

  • Less appetite
  • Changes in your sense of taste or smell
  • Constipation or diarrhea
  • Lactose intolerance
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Dry mouth, sore mouth, sore throat and/or trouble swallowing
  • Weight gain or loss
A physician referral is necessary for all appointments. It gives the dietitian the medical information needed to plan an appropriate and individualized counseling session and is also required for insurance. Please check with your insurance company to see if your medical condition is covered for dietitian services.

Highlights & Resources

Providers

More Nutrition Resources

National Cancer Institute: Nutrition in Cancer Care
Help to understand and manage eating problems common in cancer treatment. View an online version of the book, Eating Hints.

American Cancer Society: Nutrition for People with Cancer
Information to help with nutrition and manage treatment side effects. Includes free online classes about nutrition during and after treatment.

American Institute for Cancer Research
Research focused on the link between diet and cancer. Includes current information on foods that fight cancer. Subscribe to email publications (including Health-e-Recipes) and print newsletters on diet and cancer research.