What you eat matters. Extensive research shows, that eating a primarily plant-based, whole foods diet including a wide variety of vegetables, fruits, beans and whole grains is beneficial for preventing disease and improving health.
The recent discovery of phytonutrients – compounds found in plant foods that help protect us from all types of disease including cancer – confirms that plant foods are important for cancer prevention, improving outcomes for those with cancer, and for optimal health.
Cancer and treatment-related side effects often interfere with a person’s ability to eat, resulting in fatigue and decreased quality of life. Research shows that people with cancer who maintain their weight and muscles during treatment tend to recover and return to their usual activities more quickly once treatment is complete. Adequate nutrition is essential for preserving muscles and maintaining energy during this time.
Nutrition counseling and education is provided by a registered, licensed dietitian with advanced certification in oncology nutrition. Education emphasizes optimal health during and after cancer treatment by following a plant-based, whole foods diet.
Topics discussed may include:
- Managing treatment side effects
- Nutrition for treatment recovery
- Cancer prevention
- Lifestyle dietary change
- Weight management
- Addressing questions regarding organic foods, special diets, “super” foods, etc.
- Other nutrition-related topics based on individual needs
A consultation with an integrative medicine oncologist is required in order to obtain a referral to an integrative medicine dietitian. Please ask your MD Anderson physician or nurse to submit an online request for an integrative medicine physician consultation.
For more information:
- Call 713-794-4700
- Email via secured portal: myMDAnderson.org
- Email for non medical information IntegrativeMed@mdanderson.org
- What to expect at your first appointment (pdf)
You may also visit our Integrative Medicine Program website to obtain recent information on research and topics related to integrative medicine.
Nutrition and Cancer Resources
Request an Appointment
The Integrative Medicine Center and its services are available to all current MD Anderson patients.
To request an appointment:
- Call 713-794-4700
- Ask your MD Anderson physician or nurse to submit an internal request