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NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms


medical nutrition therapy  listen  (MEH-dih-kul noo-TRIH-shun THAYR-uh-pee)

  Treatment based on nutrition. It includes checking a person’s nutrition status, and giving the right foods or nutrients to treat conditions such as those caused by diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. It may involve simple changes in a person’s diet, or intravenous or tube feeding. Medical nutrition therapy may help patients recover more quickly and spend less time in the hospital. Also called nutrition therapy.