TherapEase Cuisine Helps Guide Oncology Patients With Nutrition Decisions
Severe malnutrition and weight loss play a role in at least 1 in 5 cancer deaths. Thus, good nutrition is vital before, during and after cancer treatment.
Unfortunately, many people with cancer have a hard time maintaining good nutrition as the cancer itself and the therapies that fight it can make it difficult to eat enough food. Because overall nutritional status can quickly become compromised due to illness and decreased dietary intake, optimal nutritional status is an important goal.
Accredo’s Oncology Nutrition Support program provides patient-driven, clinician-supported nutritional services, including TherapEase Cuisine®, an online self-service tool to guide patients’ diet and nutrition decisions throughout their treatment.
Benefits of Nutrition Support
The nutrient needs of people vary from person to person. A balanced diet of carbohydrates, protein, fat, fiber, vitamins and minerals will provide the body the nutrients that it needs to help fight cancer. The stronger the body, the faster it can heal.
Good nutrition can provide several benefits for people living with cancer. For example, it:
- Enhances overall well-being
- Decreases risk of infection
- Improves tolerance to treatment
- Increases strength and energy
- Preserves lean body cell mass
- Rebuilds body tissue
- Supports immune function
- Helps patients recuperate faster after treatment
Integrating Nutrition Into Cancer Care
Nutrition support in cancer care is a natural extension of pharmacy care. Proper nutrition is a critical element that can support recovery from chemotherapy or radiation therapy, can prevent unnecessary hospitalization and can improve the quality of life of patients with cancer.
Offered only by Accredo, TherapEase Cuisine is a unique, patented, online service designed by registered dietitians who specialize in oncology nutrition. It provides personalized nutritional support and answers the question “What should I be eating?” for cancer patients.
TherapEase Cuisine guides patients to the best food choices based on diagnosis, treatment, side effects and unique preferences. The program also helps with reducing side effects, choosing foods highly recommended for needs, daily meal planning, food-drug interactions and accessing registered dietitians.
The comprehensive cancer nutrition program focuses on clinical support increasing with patient needs. One-on-one counseling with an oncology dietitian is even available for those patients with high nutritional acuity related to disease, treatment and severe weight loss. Patients can learn more by talking to their Accredo specialist pharmacist.
The body is fighting disease, and food is a critical weapon in the fight. Eating the right kinds of foods is important for recovery and can help patients feel better and stay stronger.