Nutrition Counseling at Moores Cancer Center
Before You Can Make an Appointment
Before you can meet with a dietician, you must first obtain a referral from your oncologist. You call then call 858-822-6100 to make an appointment.
Nutritional information can be confusing and sometimes seemingly contradictory.
UC San Diego Health offers nutrition counseling to help you understand dietary habits that may help reduce your risk of certain cancers, improve your well-being during treatment and possibly reduce your risk of recurrence. Our clinical dietitians stay up to date on the most current nutrition research and information so we can help you make the best nutritional choices.
Appointments with a Clinical Dietitian
Consultations with a clinical dietitian are available for patients undergoing treatment and experiencing dietary challenges including loss of appetite, nausea, difficulty swallowing, constipation, fatigue, and significant weight loss. There is a fee for consultation, but many insurance plans reimburse for the service. To schedule an appointment, obtain a referral from your oncologist, then call 858-822-6100.
Why Is Nutrition Important for Cancer Patients?
Throughout the cancer experience, from initial treatments and recovery through long-term survivorship, nutrition is an important component of care and overall health. Cancer and associated treatments can affect your appetite, your body’s need for nutrients, your eating habits, and the way your body digests food. After treatment, it is important to set and achieve health goals that will benefit your overall health and quality of life. A healthy balanced diet may be challenging during cancer treatment, but it is important for supporting your body’s needs during this time. Achieving and maintaining a good nutritional status can:
Increase the likelihood of completing prescribed treatments
Reduce treatment recovery time
Improve health-related quality of life
Reduce risk of developing other diseases, such as heart disease or diabetes
Possibly reduce risk for recurrence and new primary cancers
Possibly improve prognosis and overall survival rates
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