Registered Dietitians Provide Science-Backed Nutrition for Survivors
A quick internet search on "cancer diet" and "cancer nutrition" can yield hundreds of results -- some of them high quality and with sound, evidence-based information and others that are, let's just say, a little gimmicky.
It can be hard to decipher what's helpful and what's not, especially during an emotionally charged, stressful time such as following a cancer diagnosis. We recommend following a few key guidelines to find high-quality nutrition information.
- Registered dietitians will provide science-backed, evidenced-based diet information, and those with an additional oncology certification will have specialized training for working with people undergoing cancer treatment.
- Look for information from a trusted clinical source, such as a hospital or cancer research facility, or organizations such as the National Cancer Institute or Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The information these organizations share will also be science-based and focused on the health of the patient.
Here's one source that fits the bill. Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, a national organization that funds research and education related to these cancers, spoke to to Michelle Bratton, a registered dietitian and certified oncology nutritionist with LLS’s PearlPoint Nutrition Services. In this podcast Michelle changes the narrative for cancer patients by encouraging them to nourish their bodies rather than cutting out certain foods. She also shares how a patient – or caregiver – with any cancer diagnosis, can take advantage of a free nutrition consultation to further guide them through their cancer experience.