Our dietitians provide comprehensive nutrition services for patients of all ages according to medical need.
These services include:
• Screening patients for nutritional risks • Assessing nutritional needs and making recommendations on how to meet them • Making recommendations for infant feedings, including breast milk, formula or enteral/tube feeding products • Managing the care of patients receiving parenteral nutrition (IV nutrition) • Providing nutrition education and diet instructions for families.
A chaplain is available to offer patients and their families support throughout their treatment. The chaplain is available for prayer or meditation and can help sort out feelings of fear, loneliness, anger and loss.
What does a physical therapist do?
We evaluate and treat physical impairments that may occur in a patient with cancer due to the diagnosis and/or medical treatment related side effects. For example, decreased range of motion, strength, endurance, balance/coordination, motor skills and pain that may affect ones ability to perform activities of daily living and participate in physical activity.
What would you like parents of a newly diagnosed child to know?
Regular physical activity is beneficial for patients newly diagnosed with cancer, undergoing treatment and during survivorship. Physical activity has been shown to be safe, feasible and proven to have a positive effect on disease and side effects such as fatigue, strength and quality of life.
What does a registered dietician do? We optimize a patient’s nutrition status, with the goal to improve tolerance of their cancer treatments and promote age-appropriate growth. What would you like parents of a newly diagnosed child to know? We will work closely with the medical team to prevent or correct nutritional deficiencies, minimize treatment side effects and enhance quality of life.
Duke, Therapy Dog
Pet therapy is a volunteer service that puts smiles on the faces of our patients and families!
The pet therapy program consists of dozens of dogs; each dog is escorted throughout the hospital by its handler (owner) and plays an important role in the treatment of our patients.
The goals of this program are to Minimize the stress and anxiety of hospitalization and illness. Provide warmth, comfort and sense of familiarity. Offer play and “normal-life” experiences. Provide a distraction from pain, medical treatments and daily routines of hospital. Encourage patients to complete treatment goals like walking. Encourage conversation, interaction and communication. Bring smiles.
Sorry, due to infection control, no pets may be brought from home, all dogs and their handlers must be certified and screened to participate.