Degree Name

MS (Master of Science)

Program

Clinical Nutrition

Date of Award

5-2008

Committee Chair or Co-Chairs

Elizabeth F. Lowe

Committee Members

Deborah Slawson, Jamie B. Kridler

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to determine if patients with cancer receiving radiation therapy were satisfied with the nutrition counseling they were receiving and if they obtained any benefit. Radiation increases the risk for side effects such as taste changes, chewing/swallowing problems, constipation, diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting. When these side effects are present, a decrease in food and fluid intake occurs, which leads to weight loss, increased risk of morbidity and mortality, as well as decreased quality of life. Subjects were recruited from a regional cancer treatment facility and a survey was administered to those who met criteria. Subjects were found to manage some of their side effects better after counseling from the registered dietitian. A minimal amount of weight loss was observed. Therefore, registered dietitians, when effectively incorporated into a radiation treatment facility, can provide a nutrition program targeted at reducing weight loss and improving quality of life.

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Copyright

Copyright by the authors.

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