Creative eating

There is help at hand for those too nauseated by chemotherapy to eat well

Harriet is a 44-year-old nurse currently undergoing chemotherapy for non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.

Since commencing treatment, Harriet has experienced severe nausea and vomiting, and a decreased appetite, all of which have significantly reduced her oral intake.

Her doctor prescribed anti-nausea tablets, however Harriet's oral intake remained sub-optimal and her GP has now referred her to a dietitian for advice.                       

Cancer is one of the leading causes of death in Australia with one in three Australian women and one in two Australian men being diagnosed before the age of 85.1

Individuals with cancer are at risk of comprised nutritional status due to both the physical and the psychological effects of the disease, and the treatment process.2,3