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Methodist Dietitian Helps Cancer Patients with Nutrition

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Methodist Dietitian Helps Cancer Patients with Nutrition

By Jennifer Griswold. CREATED Mar 25, 2014

Omaha, NE - Fighting cancer can change a person's entire life and alter their bodies in ways they may not even realize. 

There is only one board-certified oncology dietitian in Omaha. Chandy Lockman Hoke works out of Methodist Estabrook Cancer Center. She is an expert in helping cancer patients figure out their diets and nutrition. "Nutrition is a supportive therapy to help support your body so you can handle what's prescribed: chemo, radiation or surgery to eradicate your disease," Lockman Hoke said. 

Lois Friedman was diagnosed with colon cancer last year. She turned to Lockman Hoke to find the best ways to balance her treatments along with her diet. Friedman prides herself on being a healthy eater, however, during certain cancer therapies, her body could not properly digest some fo the foods she loves. Lockman Hoke taught her what she could eat during different phases of treatment. 

"She was invaluable in holding my hand and saying it's okay and helping me find my way back to whole eating," Friedman said about Lockman Hoke. Friedman no longer shows signs of cancer. 

Chandy Lockman Hoke's services exist thanks to the Harper's Hope Foundation. That means they are free for patients. You can learn more about her and her work, by clicking here

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