Dietary advice to manage the side effects of cancer treatment

Many people experience side effects from either the cancer itself or their cancer treatment which can make eating and drinking more difficult. Often my patients experience nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, taste changes and fatigue throughout their treatment. If you would like to learn more about managing side effects, click below.


Dietary advice to improve energy levels and prevent weight loss

I often hear people say, 'I feel so tired all of the time' or 'I am really worried about the amount of weight I have lost'. A part of what I do is help people manage their weight and improve their energy levels. If you would like to learn more about this, click below.


Dietary advice to reduce the risk of cancer recurrence

Evidence suggests that following a healthy diet and lifestyle after cancer treatment can help to reduce your risk of cancer recurrence. If this is something that you would like to know more about, I would love to hear from you.

Dietary advice for other conditions

I also offer tailored dietary advice for the management of diabetes, heart health, weight loss, weight gain, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), coeliac disease, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and other digestive problems such as constipation, diarrhoea and reflux. I translate the most up-to-date evidence into practical tips that you can fit into your lifestyle and daily routine to improve your health and better manage your condition.


Managing Side Effects

 

Managing the side effects of your treatment is very important to maintain your strength so you can tolerate your treatment as well as possible. Some eating problems may be related to the cancer itself depending on which part of your body it is located. It can make you feel or be sick, cause pain or affect your body’s ability to digest your food properly.

Some cancer treatments such as chemotherapy or radiotherapy can cause side effects affecting your food intake such as the ones outlined above as well as taste changes, reduced appetite, loss of interest in food, sore mouth diarrhoea or constipation. Surgery can also affect your food intake and digestion depending on what part of your body has been operated on in particular surgery to your mouth, throat, food pipe (oesophagus), stomach, intestine or pancreas.

Contact me to discuss how to manage your symptoms effectively during your treatment.

 

Energy Levels

A good nutritional status improves your quality of life and your sense of wellbeing when you are fighting cancer.  It is important that you try not to lose weight when you are having your treatment as this can cause you to experience worse side effects and you can become tired and weak. If you are losing weight unintentionally, this can often happen quite quickly and you are losing muscle as well as fat. This can reduce your strength and increase your level of tiredness if it is not managed as early as possible. People who are finding it difficult to eat enough, and are losing weight as a result, need to find ways to get more energy and protein in their diet. I can advise you on the best way to do this considering your likes and dislikes and any side effects you may be experiencing.

Reducing Risk of Cancer Recurrence

Going back to your normal routine after finishing your cancer treatment can be very scary and intimidating. People often ask me what can I do now to reduce my risk of cancer coming back again? Experts think that having a healthy diet, being a healthy weight and being physically active can prevent ~30% of cancer cases. This advice is also recommended to prevent cancer recurrence. However, working this advice into your daily lifestyle is the challenging part! If you would like me to help you get started please get in touch.

 

Consultation Types & Fees

I offer a variety of consultations to suit you with flexible appointment times in the evenings and at weekends to suit your availability. A new appointment lasts 60 minutes and a follow up appointment lasts 45 minutes. The consultations offered include:

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Face to Face

I offer face to face consultations in a comfortable relaxed clinic room:

New appointment: £120

Follow up appointment: £90

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Telephone & Video

I also offer telephone or video consultations (to people based in the UK and Ireland):

New appointment: £100

Follow up appointment: £70

 

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Package offer

For multiple sessions, a package can be arranged: 1 face to face consultation for 60 minutes and 2 follow up appointments for 30 minutes by telephone/video: £199

 

 

Service FAQ

 
 

What should I expect during a consultation?

Initial consultation:

I will make an assessment of your current medical history, medical treatment plan, your symptoms and your nutritional status from both the information you provide me with on your pre-consultation form and the information you provide me during our consultation itself. I will assess your current dietary intake compared to your nutritional requirements. I will discuss these results with you and provide you with a fully personalised plan tailored around your lifestyle and food preferences. I will provide you with appropriate dietary advice to help manage your symptoms, maintain your weight or reduce your cancer risk depending on what consultation type you book. I will also provide you with relevant written information for further advice and recipes. I may recommend some oral nutritional supplement drinks or certain blood tests through your GP if indicated.

Follow up consultation:

I will review your progress based on the initial dietary plan provided to see if further dietary advice or changes are indicated. This may also be needed if your medical treatment plan or symptoms have changed since your initial dietitian assessment. People can sometimes develop other longer term gastrointestinal side effects after certain types of surgery (especially to the bowel or pancreas) or cancer treatments causing symptoms such as diarrhoea, constipation, excessive wind, bloating and abdominal discomfort. Other causes of and dietary advice for managing these side effects can be assessed in a follow up appointment if needed.

 

Do I need to be referred by a doctor?

No, you do not need to be referred by a doctor. However, I may contact your doctor to clarify or confirm your medical history or current medical treatment if needed.

 

Cancellation of Appointments

I understand that there may be times when you need to cancel a pre-booked appointment. I will try to re-book the appointment to a more suitable time for you, however, I do ask that you give at least 48 hours notice of either by telephone or e-mail. If the appointment is cancelled with less than 48 hours notice, there will be a 50% administrative fee charged.