Jamie Test

Maintaining a healthy diet is very important during and after any type of cancer treatment, but this may be difficult due to effects of cancer surgery or side effects from cancer treatments.

Henry Ford Cancer Institute has a registered dietitian that specializes in cancer care who can help you with your nutrition issues during your cancer journey. Our dietitian will help you cope with side effects of cancer treatment such as:

  • Mouth and throat problems
  • Dry mouth
  • Constipation and Diarrhea
  • Change in taste or smell
  • Tube feeding
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Loss of appetite

When should I ask my care team to connect me with a registered dietitian? 

  • I'm having side effects from cancer treatment that are affecting my diet (see above)
  • I’m having difficulty chewing or swallowing
  • I'm having a surgery that may require diet or nutritional changes, or a feeding tube
  • I want to know what supplements are out there that can assist with healing
  • I'm having trouble maintaining my weight during chemotherapy and/or radiation

What to expect when meeting with a registered dietitian

samantha szegedi
Samantha Szegedi, MS, RD
Registered dietitian
Henry Ford Hospital
Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital
Henry Ford Medical Center - Columbus
Hill Sue
Susan Hill, MAPS, CSO, RD
Registered dietitian
Henry Ford Hospital
You will get the most out of your meeting with the dietitian if you come prepared.

Bring in a list of supplements or vitamins you've been taking. It might even be helpful to take a picture of the bottle so your dietitian can tell the exact brand and dosage you're on.

Identify and track any side effects you have been experiencing. Write them down to ensure your dietitian has a full picture of what you're experiencing, and can educate you and your loved ones on ways to cope.

Keep a food diary for a few days before the appointment or at least a list of the most common foods you eat. This can help your dietitian figure out if you're getting enough nutrients, or if what you're currently eating needs to be supplemented or changed.

During your first meeting, the dietitian may conduct a nutrition assessment, which is a lot of questions about what you've been eating, and how you've been feeling. If you've lost weight, he or she may perform a physical assessment, which is examining your body for signs of malnutrition. The dietitian will also give you educational information and materials on your specific type of cancer, side effects you might expect during treatment and recommended diet.

Your dietitian will be available to you throughout your cancer journey. Don't hesitate to reach out with questions, or ask your care team for a referral.

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Donec massa enim, maximus ac risus sed, pulvinar rhoncus sem. Duis nisl lectus, feugiat ut purus id, hendrerit egestas enim. Class aptent taciti sociosqu ad litora torquent per conubia nostra, per inceptos himenaeos. Suspendisse sit amet eros pellentesque ligula accumsan accumsan. Donec vel ex lobortis lectus commodo ultrices. Cras nec libero elit. Quisque vehicula tempor felis in semper. Suspendisse potenti. Maecenas egestas nisi augue, auctor pretium justo mollis eu. Vestibulum sollicitudin dictum ipsum vitae venenatis. Sed pulvinar libero orci, quis maximus libero cursus in.

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Aliquam erat volutpat. Vivamus lacinia eros eu tincidunt ornare. Sed at mattis sem, in congue felis. Suspendisse convallis quis diam sed ultrices. Aliquam erat volutpat. Etiam sapien diam, ultricies id nisl ac, lobortis rhoncus orci. Interdum et malesuada fames ac ante ipsum primis in faucibus. Morbi vel ligula sed purus ultricies iaculis quis in elit. Etiam vitae porttitor metus. Suspendisse ac tempor dolor. Phasellus id tincidunt erat. Nulla molestie sapien sed sapien laoreet, eu sagittis erat luctus.

Etiam vitae risus sodales nisi tristique placerat. Phasellus consectetur urna et placerat pharetra. Praesent molestie lacus in tristique consequat. Curabitur elementum massa ac justo dictum sodales et quis nisi. In feugiat velit a interdum dictum. Sed dapibus ut sem cursus sollicitudin. Duis elementum molestie sodales. Suspendisse eget suscipit est. In est elit, fringilla at dapibus ac, placerat eu metus. Sed in ex eget est cursus egestas vitae in odio. Sed aliquet hendrerit finibus. Praesent pharetra sit amet tellus eget volutpat. Pellentesque augue sem, cursus ac vehicula et, malesuada congue metus.

Schedule today
Get 20% off one treatment.

Show Me

How Much Exercise Do You Really Need?

Health experts have been pushing almost-daily activity for decades. But a new study suggests you may not need to exercise four to five days each...

Interval Training: A Beginner’s Guide

Want to amp up your workout or torch more calories without increasing your gym time? Interval training could be your best ally. This style of...

Workout Basics: Warm-Ups and Cool-Downs

You may know a good warm-up — and cool-down — are essential to getting a good workout. You may also know that warming up your muscles and...

View All Blog Posts