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Nutrition Resources

A registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) is your best guide to factual, reliable nutrition advice. The dietitians at Smilow Cancer Hospital and Smilow Cancer Care Centers can help you make healthy food choices during and after cancer treatment. They can also help with the side effects of treatment. Good nutrition is especially important while you receive outpatient care, such as chemotherapy or radiation.

Many patients have questions about food choices once they are admitted to the hospital, especially when they notice changes in appetite or other symptoms related to cancer treatment: What can I eat? What should I eat? How can I eat when I don’t feel like it? The RDN can help you with meal choices on the hospital menu. Ask your physician or nurse to schedule you to meet with a Registered Dietitian at Smilow Cancer Hospital to learn how to manage these issues. If you are receiving care at any Smilow location, you can also request a complimentary nutrition consultation by contacting or 203-688-0705. If you do not receive care at a Smilow location, you can request a nutrition consultation at Yale New Haven Hospital’s Center for Nutrition and Wellness at 203-688-2422. We will assist you in obtaining a physician referral. Your insurance may cover the cost of this visit and we will provide you with information to determine coverage.

A Registered Dietitian can help by:

  • Recommending nutrition approaches to help decrease side effects.
  • Help you stay at a healthy body weight by calculating your energy and protein needs.
  • Provide samples and suggestions for nutritional products.
  • Provide fact-based information regarding dietary supplements.
  • Provide reliable answers for any nutrition questions.

Some suggested recipes to help you navigate a cancer diagnosis and side effects: