November 15, 2013

Nutritional help available for cancer patients

Submitted by Gordon Hospital

CALHOUN — Many cancer patients, particularly those suffering from head and neck cancers, oftentimes have trouble obtaining the nutritional supplements they need to fight the disease.

At the same time, patients who no longer need the supplements, have no idea what to do with their unopened, unexpired leftovers. But, officials at the Harris Radiation Therapy Center (HRTC) at Gordon Hospital have a solution to both problems.

“Many patients have asked how they can help others once they have completed their treatments and no longer need their unused nutritional supplements or tube feeding nutritional products,” explains Judy Fehlenberg, registered oncology dietitian with the HRTC at Gordon Hospital. “We are now a donation drop-off location and also a pick-up site for those in need of products for nutritional support.”

Unopened and unexpired items now being accepted at the HRTC at Gordon Hospital, located on the hospital campus at 1035 Red Bud Road, include:

• Nutritional supplements such as Ensure, Boost, and Carnation Instant Breakfast;

• Tube feeding product formula such as Jevity, Osmolite, Vital and Nutren;

• New, unused tube feeding tubing and syringes.

“We are hoping that the community will help us spread the word about this much needed service,” Fehlenberg adds. “If any church, civic group or work place would be willing to post notices about our Nutritional Support Resource Bank on their website or in their newsletters, we would be greatly appreciative.”

For more information about the service, please email judy.fehlenberg@ahss.org or call (706) 879-5853.

“There are many reasons that sometimes prevent cancer patients from obtaining nutritional support items they need,” Fehlenberg says. “We hope to be the resource that fills that need in our community.”