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Nutrition

Proactive nutrition care is pivotal to drive quality for the patient experience.

There is increasing understanding of the important role nutrition services can play in optimizing care for patients with cancer both during and after treatment. In 2017 the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) published proceedings of its 2016 workshop Examining Access to Nutrition Care in Outpatient Cancer Centers. Access the proceedings

Below are ACCC member-driven resources that support and share "how to's" for integration of nutrition services in all cancer care settings. 

From Oncology Issues

  •  Development of Care Pathways to Standardize and Optimally Integrate Multidisciplinary Care for Head and Neck Cancer
    Assuntina G. Sacco, Charles S. Coffey, Parag Sanghvi, Gloria P. Rubio, et al.
    The complexity of head and neck cancer management demands greater attention in order to provide high-quality care. UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center developed a well-defined care pathway to enable predictability and consistency in both care delivery and cost.
  •  A Quality Improvement Nutrition Program
    This QI project used a screening tool to capture all oncology patients at risk for malnutrition and developed strategies to reduce or eliminate financial barriers for patients needing nutrition services.
  • Cancer Nutrition Services: A Practical Guide for Cancer Programs
    Read an overview of role of cancer nutrition and its role in today’s community cancer programs. Plus, descriptions of how comprehensive nutrition services are being delivered at ACCC-member cancer programs of difference sizes.
  •  Closing a Gap in Cancer Care
    By Jan Akervall, MD, PhD; Jan Parslow, RN, MS, CCRP, OCN; Erin Maxon, MS, RD, CNSC; Nathan Tonlaar, MD; and Thomas Lanni Jr., MBA, FACE
    By implementing a weekly outpatient nutrition clinic for patients with head and neck cancer, this 2014 ACCC Innovator Award winner improved patient quality of life and reduced the cost of care.
  • Nutrition: The 7th Vital Sign
    Learn about the new “adequate nutrition” model that integrates systematic malnutrition screening of all oncology patients across their treatment, incorporating a validated malnutrition screening tool as the 7th vital sign.
  •  That's My Farmer: A Research-Based Nutrition & Wellness Program
    Abigail Muniz, RDN, LD; Athena Nofziger, RDN, LD, CHC; Jean E. Schumer, PhD, LCSW; and Maisa Athamneh
    That’s My Farmer is a research-based nutrition and wellness program designed to educate cancer survivors through hands-on learning.
  •  Views: The Healthy Forks Survivorship Series: Fighting Cancer One Fork at a Time
    Jennifer Fitzgibbon, MS, RD, CSO, CDN
    Stony Brook Cancer Center created a nutritional program for cancer survivors and their families with the aim of providing resources to help understand the necessity of providing health meals at a reasonable cost, while incorporating stress reduction and physical activity in support of a health lifestyle.
  •  Telehealth: Connecting Patients with Nutrition Services
    Nicole Esco, MPA, RD, LDN
    Through use of telehealth technology, patients at Baton Rouge General Medical Pennington Cancer Center’s three clinic locations have seamless access to nutrition services. 2016 ACCC Innovator Award recipient.
  •  Prehab Improves Outcomes for Oncology Patients
    Messina Corder, MBA, BSN, RN, and Kathryn Duval, MS, CCC-SLP
    A focused prehabilitation (prehab) program couples physical therapy with holistic care that includes nutritional support, stress reduction strategies, and nurse navigator intervention. Integrating prehabilitation can not only improve patient outcomes post-surgery, it can also decrease hospital length of stay (LOS).
  •  Health Info on the Go! Community Outreach at the Farmer’s Market
    Nora Katurakes, RN, MSN, OCN, and Charlene Marinelli, RN, BSN, OCN
    Christiana Care Helen F. Graham Cancer Center shares how they developed an outreach program that integrates combined screenings, cancer risk assessment, and cholesterol, blood sugar, and blood pressure testing at a local farmer’s market.

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