Nutrition during cancer treatment

Tasmanian Health Service - Northern Region

Good nutrition has been proven to provide patients with a higher chance of survival, recovery and increase the quality of life during and after cancer treatment.

A friendly, qualified Dietician (through the LGH Nutrition Unit) is available to assist you in managing your specific health condition by translating scientific information into individualised practical dietary advice.

Whilst undergoing cancer radiotherapy and chemotherapy your body's nutritional requirements are increased and it may be harder to increase your food intake during this time. You may experience a number of side-effects which can make it more difficult to enable you to meet your nutritional needs. A dietician can assist you in managing your symptoms by helping you make changes to your eating habits and lifestyle.

A dietician consult can help you to manage:

  • A healthy balanced diet and meet all your nutrition requirements to optimise your health, recovery and quality of life
  • A health weight and prevent weight loss
  • Energy levels over the day and reduce tiredness
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Loss of appetite
  • Taste changes
  • Dry mouth and pain upon eating
  • Constipation and diarrhoea
  • Reflux and heartburn

A Dietician is available every Thursday from 8.30am to 4.00pm to provide advice, motivation and support to help you through your treatment at the Holman Clinic.