Health Plans and Payors: a cancer diet plan for your members
Proper nutrition is a critical element of patient care that can support immune function and weight maintenance, prevent unnecessary hospitalization, and improve the quality of life for patients with cancer.
However, due to the increasing complexity of cancer treatment options, the variety of treatments, and the ongoing need to better manage side effects, nutrition is often overlooked by overburdened healthcare providers. Based on a recent survey, we estimate that approximately 80% of cancer patients never receive nutritional support from a registered dietitian.4
TherapEase Cuisine diet plan solutions
TherapEase Cuisine is an online nutritional service focused on guiding cancer patients to find the right foods to complement their treatment.
The focus of the TherapEase Cuisine program is:
- Prevention of adverse food-drug interactions
- Weight maintenance during cancer treatment
- Mitigation of treatment-related side effects
Prevention of adverse drug-food interactions
When patients receive their medications from the Accredo Therapeutic Resource Center® for oncology, specialist pharmacists follow therapy management protocols that include alerts regarding food-drug interactions to educate patients on how to take their medications, such as with or without food or with specific food restrictions that influence drug absorption, metabolism, or side effects. Good nutrition can support recovery between chemotherapy cycles, enabling a patient to stay on treatment, and reduce wastage.5
All recommended interventions are reviewed by our Nutrition and Oncology Therapeutics committee for inclusion in the program, supported by fact-based research, and overseen within the Therapeutic Resource Center for Oncology when deployed to patients.
Weight maintenance during cancer treatment
Patient weight loss is common during cancer treatment. The National Cancer Institute has concluded that one in five cancer deaths is related to severe malnutrition and weight loss.3 Maintaining weight is an important part of any treatment plan. TherapEase Cuisine provides structured diet plan support and can help patients meet this objective.
Mitigation of side effects through nutritional recommendations and meal planning
TherapEase Cuisine provides personalized online nutritional recommendations, meal planning, and access to a network of registered dietitians. All meal planning recommendations are scientifically-based per the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly American Dietetic Association) and customized for a patient’s:
- Treatment plan
- Treatment-related symptoms
- Unique Food Preferences
Plan sponsors can complement their cancer-nutrition strategy by financially supporting or endorsing this service.
We will customize a nutritional offering to meet your goals.
Plan sponsors can integrate a nutrition management strategy for cancer patients that can coordinate with existing services, such as disease and case management, making member access to these programs fully covered as a member opt-in program option.
Contact your account representative today to learn more about how our comprehensive cancer diet plan, including TherapEase Cuisine, can help your members with cancer access nutrition advice and minimize nutrition issues that can lead to hospitalization or poor outcomes.
1 National Cancer Institute. Nutrition in Cancer Care PDQ Overview. ,Available at: http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/pdq/supportivecare/nutrition/HealthProfessional/page2 , Accessed October 1, 2010..
2 European Journal of Oncology Nursing, 2005
3 National Cancer Institute. National Cancer Institute study on the effects of nutrition and cancer. Available at:
http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/pdq/supportivecare/nutrition/healthprofessional/allpages . Accessed October 1, 2010.
4 Statistic computed from the American Dietetic Association Oncology Nutrition Certification Work Group Industry Survey 2007.
5 National Cancer Institute. Nutrition Implications of Cancer Therapies PDQ, last modified 12/30/09.
Available at http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/pdq/supportivecare/nutrition/HealthProfessional/page4 Accessed October 1, 2010.
6 Davis M. Nutritional screening and assessment in cancer-associated malnutrition. European Journal of Oncology Nursing. 2005; 9(supp 2):S64-S73.