Oncology (Cancer)

What is oncology nutrition?

Nutrition plays a major role in assisting the treatment of cancer patients. When undergoing treatment therapies, including chemotherapy and/or radiotherapy, an individual’s nutritional requirements are usually increased, meaning they need larger volumes of food or a high calorie intake. However, often unpleasant side effects are experienced during treatment, which makes it difficult to obtain adequate nutrition intake.


Common side effects of these treatments include:

  • Unintentional loss of weight and lean muscle mass.
  • Loss of appetite.
  • Nausea.
  • Vomiting.
  • Mouth ulcers.
  • Taste changes.

How can PPN dietitians help with oncology nutrition?

Our dietitians can help you to meet your increased nutritional requirements by developing tailored meal plans that will provide your body with the fuel it needs throughout your treatment. This may include high energy and high protein food suggestions, meal fortification strategies, as well as the inclusion of nutritional supplements. We will provide advice on ways to best maintain muscle mass and prevent unwanted weight loss, as well as provide suggestions on ways to boost and strengthen your immune system during this critical time. Our dietitians can also discuss ways to combat any unpleasant side effects you might experience to optimise your health and nutrition.