Rare diseases are a hot topic in healthcare today. Google “rare disease” and you’ll find hundreds of news stories about the research efforts of many companies and advocacy groups. Interestingly, 40% of novel drug approvals by the FDA in 2014 were indicated for rare conditions.
Nutrition management plays a vital role in influencing the course of treatment, outcomes, and overall quality of life for patients with cancer, yet 80% of cancer patients never receive nutrition support or interact with a registered dietitian. In fact, approximately 1 in 5 cancer deaths in the U.S. are related to malnutrition and severe weight loss.
Accredo’s Oncology Nutrition Service program provides patient-driven, clinician-supported nutritional services, including TherapEase Cuisine, an online self-service tool to guide patients’ diet and nutrition decisions throughout their treatment.