A NEW booklet on nutrition has been released by Nestlé Health Science in collaboration with Prince Court Medical Centre (PCMC).
The booklet was launched to help recovering cancer patients manage their nutritional needs post treatment.
Prince Court Medical Centre chief operating officer Mahenthiran Thanapal along with the centre’s dietitian Judy Ng, resident chef de partie Asiah Daud and Nestlé Health Science area sales manager Marcus Lam jointly launched the specially commissioned booklet titled Bring Back the Joy of Eating at PCMC.
Malnutrition is a common side effect of cancer and its treatment. Affecting approximately 20% to 30% of patients with head and neck cancer, malnutrition is associated with a reduced response to therapy and lower survival rate. Left unsupervised or undetected, it can hamper a patient’s recovery. Radio chemotherapy side effects can also exacerbate malnutrition.
So, identifying lifestyle changes to increase appetite and prevent weight loss are crucial for patients recovering from cancer treatment.
At the launch, a panel of healthcare professionals from PCMC gathered to address the importance of a holistic nutritional approach for patients recovering from cancer.
The workshop began with an educational talk by resident consultant oncologist Dr Muhammad Azrif on the link between cancer and nutrition with recommendations by the World Health Organisation (WHO).
The hospital’s Lifestyle Modification Centre manager Datin Farah Diba Khan also shared how patients can regain their joy of eating. She identified easy-to-consume, calorie-rich foods for patients with difficulty swallowing, how to select dishes when dining outside and steps to begin an active lifestyle while in recovery.
Nestlé Health Science medical marketing manager Andy Yap said, “Cancer and cancer treatments often affect a patient’s appetite and the ability to swallow the very nutrition needed to support their weakened immune system.
“Nestlé Health Science has a range of nutritional supplements such as Peptamen, Resource, Isosource and the newly launched immunonutrition Oral Impact,” Yap said.
During the launch, Asiah made two desserts – double-boiled white fungus with apples and dark chocolate pudding with chocolate ganache.
She was joined by Ng, who shared the benefits and nutritional value found in the recipes curated by the both of them, incorporating the range of nutritional supplements. The panel also emphasised consulting a dietitian to help patients minimise the treatment’s side effects while ensuring the correct medical nutritional therapy is
Khan said, “Bring Back the Joy of Eating is an educational booklet enriched with tips and hacks that dispel the myths surrounding cancer nutrition.
“The booklet addresses the importance of a balanced diet, provides a selection of sample menu plans, and offers a dedicated section on managing the side effects of cancer treatment.”
Bring Back the Joy of Eating can be downloaded for free at www.nestlehealthscience.my.