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CHI Health St. Elizabeth Offers Free Oncology Nutrition Class

August 18 2015

CHI Health St. Elizabeth’s Cancer Institute is offering an Oncology Nutrition Class for patients diagnosed with cancer undergoing surgery, chemotherapy or radiation treatment. Cancer survivors and their families, the general public and health care providers are encouraged to attend this free, informational nutrition class.

The class is held on the third Friday of the month at 10:30 a.m. at St. Elizabeth, located at 555 South 70th Street. Guests are encouraged to register online at www.CHIhealthStElizabeth.com or by calling 402-219-7000.

For many patients diagnosed with cancer, the effects from cancer treatment make it difficult to eat or drink. A Registered Dietitian will discuss how good nutrition is important for patients diagnosed with cancer. Attendees will learn how eating the right kinds of foods before, during, and after cancer treatment can help individuals feel better and stay strong.

Many side effects from cancer and cancer treatment can affect a person’s ability to eat properly including the loss of appetite, mouth sores, dry mouth, trouble swallowing, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, pain or depression and anxiety.

“The effects from cancer treatment can make it difficult for patients to tolerate certain food,” says Kathy Brockman, Clinical Dietitian at CHI Health St. Elizabeth. “Our nutrition program gives patients tips on how to manage good nutrition before, during and after cancer treatment.”

To learn more about the St. Elizabeth’s cancer program, visit www.CHIhealthStElizabeth.com/cancer

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