Nutrition is the process during which the body uses food to grow, be healthy and replenish its tissues. Good nutrition predisposes towards good health. But when, for any reason, the body cannot absorb the necessary nutrients (carbohydrates, proteins, fat, vitamins and trace elements), malnutrition occurs.
The benefits of the Clinical Dietician service
Medical nutrition therapy helps patients receive the nutrients they need, depending on the diagnosis and the treatment they will receive, in order to maintain a strong body. Many studies have shown that a body receiving proper nutrition and the necessary calories and protein, responds better to treatment and enjoys a better quality of life. An increasing number of studies associate the quality of nutrition and body weight with cancer. At the time of the diagnosis and/or during their treatment, many patients have nutrition-related symptoms/side effects which, if not identified and addressed early, can easily lead to malnutrition. These symptoms include, amongst others, lack of appetite, difficulty swallowing, dry mouth, constipation, diarrhoea, feeling of sickness and vomiting.
The clinical dietician participates in the multidisciplinary teams. The purpose of the team is to offer a holistic approach in addressing both the cancer and the patient.
Personalised plan for each patient
The referral of a patient by the doctor to the clinical dietician is followed by:
- Nutritional assessment.
- Body measurements.
- Creation of nutritional plan and/or dietary instructions based on the specific needs of each patient. The socioeconomic status and the nutritional habits of the patient are always taken into consideration.
- Training of the patient and his/her caregivers in the implementation of the nutritional plan and the dietary instructions.
- Planning of appointment for the further assessment of the patient.
- To treat any symptoms/side effects of radiotherapy and/or chemotherapy.
- To maintain or adjust the patient’s body weight.
- To decrease cancer cachexia.
- To prescribe dietary supplements, if deemed necessary.
- To ensure that patients fed either through a tube (e.g. nasogastric tube, gastrostomy or jejunostomy) or parenterally receive comprehensive nutrition aiming to maintain or adjust their body weight.
- To provide training on comprehensive healthy nutrition for cancer survivors.
Clinical Dieticianservices at the Centre
Clinical Dietician Ms Stalo Kountouri offers clinical dietician services at the Oncology Centre to both inpatients and outpatients, every Tuesday and Friday. The assessment by the Centre’s clinical dietician may be made before, during and/or after treatment, following consultations with the medical, nursing and paramedical staff, in order to ensure the patient receives quality nutrition.
How can I make an appointment?
You can ask your doctor for a direct referral or call 22847411 to make an appointment.