Twelve-plus years ago when I had my second breast cancer diagnosis treated at the University of Michigan's Comprehensive Cancer Center there was nothing that the cancer center offered in regards to nutrition except for a few pamphlets developed by The American Cancer Society or The National Cancer Institute. Nothing...........
There has been progress during this time (slow but forward!). Today a friend sent me the recent new addition to the nutrition information provided on the U of M's cancer center web site, which included dozens and dozens of healthy and delicious recipes to optimize an intake of foods that contain multiple cancer-fighting molecules along with multiple molecules for promoting overall optimal health, too!
Click on the title of this posting to go directly to their web site and the new recipes. One of the unique and very useful aspects of this web site is the opportunity to choose which types of recipes will fit with the type of diet you are eating or foods you would like to try (<20% fat, vegan, kale, sweet potato, etc, etc). When I put up my web site in 1998, it was certainly one of the first (if not indeed the very first) web sites devoted exclusively to providing reliable nutrition information for cancer survivors. It is very meaningful to know that cancer centers are finally starting to provide additional information of this type to their patients, too.
There is still a ways to go to have nutrition information and Registered Dietitians (RD) included as an automatic and proactive component of true comprehensive cancer care for each and every single person diagnosed with cancer. However, the winds are indeed changing toward that goal, if not already shifted, with no turning back.
Take advantage of all the recipes on my own web site (www.CancerRD.com) plus those on the University of Michigan's web site. Then ask for a referral to a Registered Dietitian at your own cancer center. If you're met with a blank stare and/or a stammering "We don't have one/don't need one/can't figure out how to pay for that service/another old and tired excuse", offer to help your own cancer treatment facility figure out how other cancer centers (large, medium, small sizes) are providing this essential and beneficial professional service as part of their full cancer care.
Thank you to all of you who are also pushing to initiate or expand the inclusion of nutritional services at your facility. Your efforts are appreciated today and will also be appreciated by all patients who are still to come.
"You must be the change you wish to see in the world." - Mahatma Ghandi
Diana Dyer, MS, RD