Diet and nutrition advice 

Confused about what to eat and what not to eat?

People living with cancer or haematological conditions often have many questions about their diet. With so much information available, it may be difficult to know which sources to trust.

If you are concerned about which diet to follow, or how to manage weight changes and changes in appetite and taste, our dietitians are here to help.

How to access the service

Inpatients:
When admitted to hospital, the nursing staff will assess your health in terms of your nutrient levels. If any issues are found, the nurse will automatically refer you to a dietitian. Other healthcare professionals involved in your care, such as the doctor, speech therapist or specialist nurse, can also refer you.

If you have not been referred but would like to see a dietitian, please speak to the nurse looking after you.

Outpatients:
You can be referred to our dietetic service by your specialist nurse or doctor. We also accept self-referrals – please speak to the support and information team in the Macmillan Support and Information Service located on the ground floor of the Cancer Centre who can help you to do this.

Our outpatient face-to-face consultations are on Thursday mornings at the University College Hospital Macmillan Cancer Centre. Alternatively, we offer Thursday afternoon telephone consultations for those who may have difficulty coming to the Cancer Centre.

We also provide dietetic consultations alongside a few consultant-led clinics. This is a walk-in service for patients who have a booked appointment with their consultant in the following clinics:

  • Monday afternoon - lung cancer clinic
  • Wednesday afternoon - gastro-intestinal cancer clinic
  • Thursday morning - lymphoma clinic.

If you are uncertain which dietetic service is right for you, please call us on 020 3447 9289 and we will be able to advise you further.

What to expect when seeing a dietitian

During your assessment the dietitian will give you evidence-based, up-to-date and consistent dietary advice and information. You will be asked questions to find out more about your medical condition, lifestyle, current treatment, symptoms you may be experiencing, and your diet. The dietitian may also take a number of different measurements, such as your weight, height, and distance around your waist and mid-arm. The dietitian will then assess your nutritional needs, and provide you with tailored dietary advice and support. You will receive written information to take away with you.

Other services provided by the dietitians

We hold a diet talk as part of the Health and Wellbeing Event, which runs regularly throughout the year, in the Macmillan Support and Information Service. For more information about the Health and Wellbeing event please visit the wellbeing programme page.

 Contact details

Dietetic oncology and haematology service
Telephone: 020 3447 9289

Macmillan Support and Information Service
Telephone: 020 3447 8663

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