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Nutrition Services for Cancer Patients

At the Overlake Outpatient Nutrition Clinic you can learn what good nutrition can do for you before, during and after cancer treatment.

The nutritionists at the outpatient nutrition clinic are dietitians registered by the American Dietetic Association, so you can count on sound, practical and accurate nutritional guidance to help you cope with cancer side effects and maintain a healthy, vibrant lifestyle.

A nutritionist with special training in cancer and nutrition is available in the Outpatient Center located at 1135 116th Avenue NE, Suite 160. To schedule an appointment, call 425-688-5700. Ask your doctor for a nutrition consultation referral if you need further information and assistance managing your nutrition needs.

Nutrition Tips for Patients Undergoing Cancer Treatment:

  • Eat small, frequent meals and snacks. Keep ready-to-eat snacks on hand.
  • Sip fluids throughout the day. A minimum of eight cups of fluids per day are recommended, some patients may require more.
  • Take advantage of times when you have more of an appetite. If you typically feel better in the morning you may want to have your main meal earlier in the day.
  • Don’t forget protein–include foods such as yogurt, cottage cheese, milk, eggs, nuts and nut butters, meat and fish, tofu, beans and legumes.
  • If these foods do not appeal to you, ask about protein powder supplementation.
  • Eat healthy fats–nuts, seeds, nut butters, olive oil, wild salmon and avocados.
  • Include brightly colored vitamin-rich fruits and vegetables–aim for a minimum of five servings per day.
  • Incorporate whole grains and legumes in your diet.
  • When family and friends offer help, have them prepare meals and snacks to keep on hand.

Printable version of the information above.

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The November 2007 report from the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) and its affiliate, the World Cancer Research Fund explains how the choices you make about food, physical activity and weight management can reduce your chances of developing cancer.

Guidelines for Cancer Prevention

  1. Choose mostly plant foods, limit red meat and avoid processed meat.
  2. Be physically active every day in any way for 30 minutes or more.
  3. Aim to be a healthy weight throughout life.

Recommendations for Reducing Cancer Risk

  1. Be as lean as possible without becoming underweight.
  2. Be physically active for at least 30 minutes every day.
  3. Avoid sugary drinks. Limit consumption of energy-dense foods (particularly processed foods high in sugar or low in fiber or high in fat).
  4. Eat more of a variety of vegetables, fruits, whole grains and legumes, such as beans.
  5. Limit consumption of red meats, such as beef, pork and lamb, and avoid processed meats.
  6. If consumed at all, limit alcoholic drinks to 2 for men and 1 for women a day.
  7. Limit consumption of salty foods and foods processed with salt (sodium).
  8. Do not use supplements to protect against cancer.

Special population recommendations

  1. It’s best for mothers to breastfeed exclusively for six months, then add other liquids and foods.
  2. After treatment, cancer survivors should follow the recommendations for cancer prevention.

Visit the Cancer Resource Center

The center is conveniently located on the Overlake campus on the first floor of the Overlake Medical Tower. For more information, call 425-688-5986.