Nutrition

Nutrition for individuals touched by cancer.

Maintaining weight and good nutrition is one of the goals while undergoing proton therapy treatment. Registered dietitians from MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center provide nutritional assessments and support for all patients.

What is a Registered Dietitian?

The Registered Dietitian (RD) credential is a legally protected title that can only be used by practitioners who are authorized by the Commission on Dietetic Registration of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

RDs provide:

  • The highest level of nutrition counseling
  • Medical nutrition therapy in treatment and prevention of disease
  • Personally tailored advice

Schedule an Appointment with a Dietitian

If you need personally tailored advice you may schedule an appointment with a MD Anderson dietitian. To schedule an appointment, please call the main clinical nutrition off at 713-563-5167.

Nutrition for individuals touched by cancer

A whole foods, plant-based diet is recommended for best health during and after cancer treatment. Your risk of chronic disease will be reduced by following this diet. Chronic diseases include cancer, heart disease, diabetes and stroke.

What are whole foods?

A whole food is a food that has not been processed. Broccoli, apples, brown rice, pinto beans, eggs and chicken are examples of whole foods. A whole foods, plant-based diet is recommended for best health during and after cancer treatment.

What are processed foods?

Processed foods are sold in boxes, bags, jars and cans. They typically have fewer nutrients than whole foods. Oil, sugar, salt, artificial ingredients and preservatives are added to improve the flavor, color, texture and shelf-life. When you do purchase processed foods, look for foods with a shorter ingredient list and with ingredients you can pronounce and recognize as food.

Fill most of your plate with plants

Eating a mostly plant-based diet is one of the best ways to reduce your risk of cancer. Aim for at least 2/3 of your meal or snack, to come from plants. Plant foods include vegetables, fruits, beans, whole grains, and nuts. Limit the amount of fish, poultry, meat, eggs and dairy foods to no more than 1/3 of your plate. Try to replace animal protein with plant protein at some meals. Plant proteins include beans, lentils and tofu.

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Speak with a Proton Therapy Specialist
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