Last Modified: September 14, 2006
The registered dietitians of the The Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania are pleased to introduce a new quarterly cancer and nutrition information newsletter written for Cancer Center patients and staff. It is filled with current and hopefully helpful information on nutrition and cancer. Each newsletter will spotlight nutrition tips for cancer treatment related side effects, supplement and herbal usetg, new food products, complementary and alternative therapies, as well as cancer fighting foods and recipes.
It is actually the "R.D." or registered dietitian that is the nutrition expert. The credential, "R.D." can only be used by practitioners who are currently authorized by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (a part of the American Dietetic Association). Individuals with this credential have completed specific academic and practicum requirements (including at least a four year degree), have passed a registration examination, and have maintained requirements for recertification. This is a legally protected title.
Some RDs refer to themselves as nutritionists as well as dietitians. However, the terms are not necessarily interchangeable. The definition and requirements for the term "nutritionist" vary from state to state. Some states have licensure laws that require nutritionists to be registered dietitians. Other states, like Pennsylvania, do not have licensure laws and therefore, even unqualified individuals can call themselves nutritionists. So...make sure your "nutritionist" is also a registered dietitian: your most reliable source for accurate nutrition information!
A common concern of cancer patients is nausea. This can be a side effect of chemotherapy and/or radiation therapy, a consequence of the disease itself, or a response to medications, stress...Whatever the cause, nausea can prevent adequate intake of food and fluids. The following are some suggestions that may help reduce symptoms:
Shiitake, maitake, oyster and other wild mushrooms contain lentinan, which has been shown to have antitumor and immune boosting properties. Include them more often in salads, soups, or stir-frys.
Five white mushrooms supply nearly 25% of our daily need for riboflavin, the same amount as in an eight ounce glass of milk.
A single portabella mushroom cap provides almost half the riboflavin we need plus 25% of our daily need for niacin.
Mushrooms are also rich in potassium. In fact, five white mushrooms have as much potassium as a small banana or orange.
Serve as a side dish, on a salad, in an omelet, on a pizza or over pasta, grilled fish or chicken.
1 pound assorted. mushrooms (such as crimini, portabella, shiitake, oyster)
Makes about 2 cups.
Should I take ginger to reduce my nausea?
Ginger is a natural remedy for nausea. However, it is also an anti-coagulant and therefore should not be taken when platelets are low or with anticoagulant medications such as Coumadin.
|Katrina Claghorn, MS, RD
Katrina Claghorn, MS, RD is a registered dietitian at the The Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania Before specializing in oncology Katrina worked in medical nutrition and with patients with eating disorders. Since 1995 she has specialized in oncology nutrition. She now works as an outpatient dietitian in her role as the nutritionist for the The Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania. She is also a section editor on nutrition and diet for OncoLink.
|Ellen Sweeney, RD
Ellen Sweeney, RD is a registered dietitian at the The Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania. Ellen has worked in several nutrition position, including in-patient acute care, cardiac nutrition, elderly nutrition, and clinical research. She has specialized in oncology nutrition for the past four years and currently works with outpatients at the The Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania.