Nutrition

NutritionNutrition plays a vital role in helping cancer patients survive by reenergizing the body and building up defenses. Patients in our survivorship program work with our dietician to create individualized nutrition plans, to learn how to prepare quick and healthy meals and to maintain a healthy body composition during treatment.

Melaine Hendershott RD is the Spirit of Survival Registered Dietitian. She received her Master's degree in nutrition from Rosalind Franklin School of Medicine. To consult with Melaine, please call (970) 569-7614 or contact her at hendershott@vvmc.com. And check out some of Mel's healthy recipes online!

In addition, patients are encouraged to read the following articles and visit our recommended websites for useful tips on nutritional health.

Recommended Readings
Low-Residue Eating Plan (pdf)
Food Choices to Lessen Gas (pdf)
Tips for Treatment of Head/Neck Cancer (pdf)

Recommended Websites
American Cancer Society  
Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics
American Institute for Cancer Research
Food and Drug Administration
Medline Plus
National Cancer Institute
National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine