Len Rome’s Local Health: Dietitians play critical role in cancer patients’ treatment


There is a shortage of dietitians in cancer care centers

(WYTV) – Go to a cancer care center for treatment and you’ve got doctors and nurses, medical equipment and lots of medicine but is there anything missing? How about a dietitian?

A study at Ohio State University’s James Cancer Center found this specialist missing in action.

There is only one dietitian for every 2,300 patients in outpatient cancer centers.

Colleen Spees says because of this, they fear a patient could slip into malnourishment.

“It is so critically important that these patients are identified and identified very early, and dietitians are uniquely trained to be able to do that.”

Ohio State is now leading a new clinical trial to deal with this shortage of dietitians. For a start, it will provide lung cancer patients with medically-tailored meals delivered straight to their doors.

If this meal delivery and remote counseling method works, it could help dietitians consult more patients and would be an example of how to bring this vital care to cancer patients across the country.

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