In the Hematology and Oncology Clinic, dietitians are available to help you understand and meet your child's nutrition needs. When your child is in the clinic or in the hospital, your child's doctor or nurse practitioner may ask the dietitian to see your child to provide nutrition recommendations that can help manage your child's condition.
Dietitian services in the Hematology and Oncology Clinic:
Cancer can interrupt normal growth and development in children. Cancer, its treatment, or simply the way that your child feels can impact appetite, eating habits, growth, and even long-term health. Dietitians can help families learn how to provide the best nutrition during their child’s cancer treatment to help them stay on track.
Our dietitians can help with the following:
- Weight gain and proper growth
- Side effect management (poor appetite, constipation, diarrhea, mucositis, etc.)
- Calorie boosters, recipes, and oral supplements
- Tube feedings
- Food safety
- Weight management
- Survivorship care
- Iron deficiency anemia
If you are looking for further information related to cancer and nutrition or recipes, please visit Cook Children's Checkup Health Information or the National Cancer Institute.
Your dietitians in the Hematology and Oncology Clinic are:
- Karen Bourland, RD, LD, CNSC
Dietetic Internship at Baylor Medical Center Dallas and Texas Christian University
Bachelors in Nutrition and Dietetics from Texas Christian University
- Rachel Hill, RD, LD
Dietetic Internship at Baylor University Medical Center
Bachelor of Science in Nutritional Science from Louisiana State University
If your child sees a doctor in the Hematology and Oncology Clinic and you would like to speak with a dietitian at your next visit, ask your doctor or call the clinic at 682-885-4007.
Cancer-friendly recipes for weight gain
The recipes below may be helpful for children with cancer who are trying to gain weight or prevent weight loss during difficult cancer treatments. For specific recommendations on the right amount of calories, protein, and other nutrients for YOUR child, always contact your dietitian or doctor. The recipes below are not meant to replace the medical advice of your doctor or the nutritional advice of your dietitian.
Oreo® cream shake
Strawberry banana booster
Berry banana smoothie
Creamy alfredo side dish pasta
Energy Packed Pasta Salad
We are here to help.
If your child has been diagnosed, you probably have lots of questions. We can help. For information on support, research clinical trials, and resources, click here. If you would like to schedule an appointment, refer a patient or speak to our staff, please call our offices at 682-885-4007.