Ask The Cancer Experts: Megan Morrison


Here's your chance to Ask the Cancer Experts, of the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, a question. Megan Morrison tackles the topic of nutrition for patients undergoing treatment. #conquercancer
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Ellie: How much emphasis do you put on nutrition during and after treatment?
We went to Megan Morrison, clinical registered dietitian at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, to tell us more about different types of therapy.

Morrison: Thank you Ellie so much for your question, and the answer is that we encourage optimal nutrition through one's entire cancer journey, and that would be both during as well as after treatment. We know that cancer itself, as well as its treatments, can affect the way you might eat food, the way you tolerate certain foods, and the way your body uses certain nutrients. 

And I just wanted to mention that good nutrition may look different for everyone. And that may be based on the individual, their type of cancer, or the treatments that they're going through. But overall our nutrition goals would be consistent. That would be to optimize energy, as well as good quality protein to support your immune system, to support body weight, preserve muscle mass, help you with healing, as well as recovery. 

We encourage optimal fluids to prevent dehydration from occurring, as well as help manage side effects of treatment. Side effects of treatment can often make eating very challenging. And just to name a few would be decreased appetite, as well as taste changes. So often individuals report that everything they put in their mouth tastes bitter, even a slice of sweet, sweet chocolate cake. Or, sore mouth and throat makes eating very challenging, where putting a cup to your mouth is quite painful.

And so we work with individuals and their families to set attainable goals, and to help meet them where they are, to encourage quality of life, as well as rebuilding some of the losses that may have occurred during treatment, and to help them get back on track.

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