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Proper Nutrition for Cancer Patients in Southwest Georgia

At the Phoebe Cancer Center in Albany, Georgia, we know that nutrition plays a vital role in all aspects of cancer treatment.

Proper nutrition can:

  • Reduce side effects
  • Increase treatment tolerance
  • Speed your healing process

That's why our registered dietitian works with our patients to help them establish and maintain a sound nutrition program throughout treatment.

In addition, we encourage our patients to limit calorie intake following treatment to avoid excessive weight gain.

We also encourage our patients to participate in the Phoebe Cancer Wellness Program. The program includes an exercise plan tailored for the individual patient that helps to increase energy and a sense of well-being.

Nutrition Counseling and Dietary Supplements During Cancer Treatment

For the most part, a drastic percentage of our population suffers from obesity and inactivity which greatly increases the risk for cancer at a number of sites including colon, breast, uterus and prostate.

During treatment with chemotherapy, many patients gain weight and this should be avoided if possible. Many individuals who gain weight during chemotherapy may have a higher recurrence rate, this has especially been documented with breast cancer.

On the other hand, treatment for some cancers such as intestinal cancers and head and neck cancers with chemotherapy and radiation can result in poor nutrition and inordinate weight loss.

In these cases, patients will sometimes need special nutritional counseling and dietary supplements and, on occasion, feeding tubes to maintain adequate nutrition during the rigors of treatment.

If you have questions regarding nutrition, our dietitian is always available to help, call
(229) 312-0405.

For more information about cancer treatment options or to schedule an appointment, please call the Phoebe Cancer Center at 1-800-490-0684.

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Phoebe Putney Health System is a network of hospitals, family medicine clinics, rehab facilities, auxiliary services, and medical education training facilities. Founded in 1911,
Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital (the flagship hospital) is one of Georgia's largest comprehensive regional medical centers. From the beginning, Phoebe's mission and vision
has been to bring the finest medical talent and technology to the citizens of Southwest Georgia, and to serve all citizens of the community regardless of ability to pay.