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The Role of the Dietetic Team in Cancer Care

The role of the dietetic team is to advise and support you before, during and after cancer so you can eat well and ensure your body is getting all of the nutrients it needs. The team can provide this service whilst you are in hospital or when you are at home. 

For general information about nutrition during the different stages of cancer please click on the following links: 

For more specific information which is tailored to your needs you may wish to access the dietetic service. 

Accessing the service

If you feel you would benefit from the advice and support the dietetic team can offer, you should speak to a member of your medical team, that is, your doctor (surgeon, consultant, GP) or nurse (clinical nurse specialist, staff nurse, district nurse), and ask them to make a referral. 

You can access the service in a variety of ways; if you need support in maintaining a healthy weight both during and after cancer treatment then 'Weigh to Go Ayrshire' may be for you.

The Macmillan Nutrition Team have adapted the 'Weigh to Go Ayrshire' programme to suit people who had a diagnosis of cancer and are struggling with their weight or rate of weight gain.

As part of the programme you will receive:

  W2go  

There are three classes available:

  • Every Monday from 11am to 11.45am at Ayrshire Cancer Support, Kilmarnock
  • Every Wednesday from 10.30am to 11.15 in Saltcoats library
  • Every Friday from 2pm to 2.45pm in North Ayr Health Centre

For more information about the programme please click the image on the left.

 If you feel you are motivated to start making positive changes, contact:

If you feel you require tailored support and advice that the dietetic team can offer regarding eating problems, you should speak to a member of your medical team, that is, your doctor (surgeon, consultant, GP) or nurse (clinical nurse specialist, staff nurse, district nurse), and ask them to make a referral. 

You must be referred to the Dietetic Service before an appointment can be arranged; this ensures we have all the correct medical information about you and that the advice we give you is tailored to your specific needs. 

If you require further information and wish to discuss diet and cancer specifically you can contact the Macmillan Nutrition Team: 

Other sources of support and information 

The following list of organisations can help you with general and specialist information and support. Click the links below to access the relevant webpages.

Local

Ayrshire Cancer Support
Situated in different locations across Ayrshire, this service provides emotional support and practical help for people affected by cancer; this includes patients, their families, carers and the bereaved. 

Ayrshire Cancer Network
An online support directory for cancer people affected by cancer and health professionals. 

Irvine Cancer Care 
A voluntary organisation which offers support to those facing the problems of cancer. Irvine Cancer Care provides information and practical advice about services available locally. 

Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Service Ayrshire 
This page provides a list of times and locations for information drop-in and advice services around Ayrshire. 

Maggies Centres (Located in Glasgow)
Provide free comprehensive support for anyone affected by cancer. 

National

NHS Inform  
Tailored information for the people of Scotland. 

Macmillan Cancer Support 
Provide free comprehensive support for anyone affected by cancer. 

Cancer Research UK
Pioneer life-saving research to bring forward the day when all cancers are cured. Also produce publications to help relay useful information about cancer, cancer treatments, and cancer prevention.  

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