Wis. Cancer Center Tailors Recipes to Patients

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) -- 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 La Crosse Tribune reports the national Cancer Nutrition Consortium surveyed more than 1,200 patients to determine their symptoms and reaction to foods.

Terre McJoynt is an administrator at Mayo Clinic Health System-Franciscan Healthcare Cancer Center in La Crosse and founding member of the consortium. She says the Culinary Institute of America in New York helped develop appealing, nutritional recipes.

The effort will eventually include the centers providing recipes to take home or hospital chefs making food for patients.

McJoynt says they hope to develop a cancer nutrition training program for chefs at the institute and develop prepared foods to sell in stores.

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