Some people living with cancer or undergoing treatment for cancer may find it difficult to get all of the nutrition they need from regular food and drinks alone. Your doctor, nurse or dietitian will be able to provide you with advice and tips to help you get more nutrients from the foods and drinks you consume. In the case that the above advice and changes are not enough to help you to meet your nutritional needs or maintain your weight, your doctor or dietitian may also recommend that you take an oral nutritional supplement, also known as a medical nutrition supplement.
Oral nutritional supplements (ONS)* are designed to help optimise your nutritional intake or help manage unintentional weight loss. ONS are drinks that contain nutrients such as protein, energy, vitamins and minerals and come in a variety of types and flavours to suit individual needs and preferences.
*ONS should be taken in addition to meals and snacks (not as a replacement). Always follow your doctor/nurse/dietitian’s advice on ONS.
Nutricia have a range of products and resources which have been specially designed to meet the needs of people living with cancer. Speak to your healthcare professional about the best options for you.
Disclaimer: Nutricia products are classified as Foods for Special Medical Purposes and must only be used under medical supervision. .
If you have already been advised to take an ONS by your doctor or dietitian
You may already have been advised to take an oral nutritional supplement by your doctor or dietitian. Click here to read some of the commonly asked questions about oral nutritional supplements.