Nutrition plays a vital role in helping cancer patients during treatment. Good nutrition can help maintain energy and strength, reduce the risk of infection, improve tolerance to side-effects, and promote healing and recovery. Patients in our survivorship program work with our dietitians to create individualized nutrition plans, learn how to prepare quick and healthy meals, and maintain a healthy body composition during treatment.
Melanie Hendershott, RDN, CSO is our Spirit of Survival registered dietitian. Melanie received her Master's degree in nutrition from Rosalind Franklin School of Medicine and is board certified in oncology nutrition.
In addition, patients are encouraged to read the following articles and visit our recommended websites for useful tips on nutritional health.
- American Cancer Society
- Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics
- American Institute for Cancer Research
- Food and Drug Administration
- Medline Plus
- National Cancer Institute
- National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Nutrition counseling and programs are made possible by the generosity of Shaw Cancer Center donors.