Wis. cancer center tailors recipes to patients

  • Associated Press
  • November 22, 2013 - 5:50 PM

LA CROSSE, Wis. — A La Crosse cancer center is among six nationwide working to provide more tempting food and recipes to patients often nauseated and exhausted due to treatment.

The Mayo Clinic Health System-Franciscan Healthcare Cancer Center is part of the national Cancer Nutrition Consortium, which surveyed more than 1,200 patients to determine their symptoms and reaction to foods, according to the La Crosse Tribune ( ).

"The better people do with nutrition during treatment, the better they do overall," said Sue Leifer, a dietitian at the Mayo-Franciscan Cancer Center who has board certification in oncology nutrition.

The Culinary Institute of America in New York helped develop appealing, nutritional recipes, according to Terre McJoynt, an administrator at the center and founding member of the consortium.

The effort, which is in the process of being implemented at the six centers, will eventually include the centers providing recipes to take home or hospital chefs making food for patients, said Rick Thiesse, spokesman for Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse.

The nutrition consortium provides recipes on its website for dishes such as homemade granola, Crock-Pot chicken pot pie and super-cheesy macaroni.

Recipes are based in part on the survey's findings, including the fact that more than 50 percent avoid greasy or fried foods and 44 percent balk at spicy foods.

The survey also found that 69 percent opt for fruits and vegetables, about 60 percent like soup and poultry and more than half favor pasta and fish.

The next phase is to develop a cancer nutrition training program for chefs at the institute and develop prepared foods to sell in stores, McJoynt said.

Along with Mayo Clinic, which is based in Rochester, Minn., the centers in the consortium include Dana Farber/Brigham and Women's Cancer Center in Boston; Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at John Hopkins in Baltimore; University of Chicago Comprehensive Cancer Center; Cedars-Sinai/Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute in Los Angeles; and Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, N.Y.

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