Nutrition plays an important role in cancer prevention, treatment, and recovery. The Wellness Center offers nutrition classes to instruct about the basics of a healthy diet. We offer specialized information about vitamins, supplements, and other dietary concerns. Cooking demonstrations are also provided showing patients ways to prepare simple, nutritious meals without sacrificing taste using cancer-fighting foods. Classes are taught by a registered dietitian.
Cancer can prevent absorption of vital nutrients. You may suffer from weight loss, nausea, vomiting and mouth sores. Nutrition helps maintain weight and promote healing. Our nutritionist works closely with your health-care team to determine the best ways to prevent malnourishment and assist your recovery.
- Nutrition assessment and screening
- Nutrition education
- Counseling on all aspects of nutrition support during cancer treatment
- Nutritional management of side effects, meal planning, food intake analysis, enteral and intravenous nutrition support
- Counseling on medical use of herbs and supplements where appropriate and medically supervised
Nutrition Supplement Program
Some cancer patients may need to use liquid supplements for additional nutrition. The Patient & Family Service Department at the UT Health Cancer Center has grant-funded support to provide nutritional intervention to low-income, malnourished patients to improve clinical outcomes and quality of life. Patients are screened by a dietitian for medical and financial need.
We maintain an on-site food pantry for low-income patients with the support of the San Antonio Food Bank and the SA Cancer Council. Patients are screened by the dietitian. Patients must earn no more than 185 percent above Federal Poverty Guidelines to qualify for assistance. Once determined eligible, patients are supplied with nutritious cancer-fighting food that is high in protein. The Food Bank also supplies a limited amount of liquid nutritional supplement for those unable to swallow solid food.