Special Services

Nutritional Support
At the Center for Cancer Care, we offer individualized nutritional counseling as part of your cancer treatment. A board certified specialist in oncology nutrition will determine if you are at risk for a compromised nutritional status due to your diagnosis or treatment plan.

The oncology nutrition specialist will teach you & your family how to manage nutrition symptoms. You will receive free educational materials to refer to at home. Our goal is to minimize your nutritional side effects and weight loss during treatment.

Nutrition Plays a Role in Cancer
• Up to 60% of cancer patients have at least one side effect that makes eating difficult
• 80% of cancer patients develop some form of clinical malnutrition
• 20% to 40% of cancer patients die from causes related to malnutrition

Nutrition side effects include:
• Difficulty swallowing
• Nausea or vomiting
• Sore/dry mouth
• Feeling full quickly
• Poor appetite
• Mouth sores
• Altered taste
• Weight loss
• Constipation or diarrhea

Good nutrition practices can help cancer patients maintain weight and muscle mass, relieve nutritional side effects and improve quality of life.

We welcome any nutrition questions or concerns.


For more information, please call:
Sharlene Bidini, RD, CSO
Board Certified Specialist in Oncology Nutrition
313.593.8895


Look Good, Feel Better
Look Good, Feel Better, is a free program that teaches beauty techniques to women cancer patients in active treatment to help them combat the appearance-related side effects of cancer treatment.

This program has a trained, volunteer cosmetologist who teaches women how to cope with skin changes and hair loss associated with cancer treatments. The program provides the women with skin care products and cosmetics donated by the cosmetic industry.

This program is offered to women once a month at Oakwood Hospital & Medical Center in collaboration with the American Cancer Society. For more information, visit Classes & Events or to register for a session, please contact our coordinator at 313.593.7175.


Breast Surgery Patient Education Class
The Breast Surgery Patient Education Class is a program designed for any woman undergoing surgery for breast cancer. You will meet with oncology and pre-anesthesia nurses, physical therapists and pastoral care personnel who will provide you with resources and information concerning your surgery and any follow-up cancer treatment you may be having. In addition, the staff will provide you with multiple resources to assist you in your care treatment and follow-up care. When you attend the class, you will also receive a notebook to hold all of your medical care resources and the “Be a Survivor, Your Guide to Breast Cancer Treatment” book, by Vladimir Lange, MD, which contains key topics that will assist you as you move through your cancer treatment.

The one-hour class meets by appointment only at the Oakwood Hospital & Medical Center. You are welcome and encouraged to bring a support person with you to the class.  Please contact 313.593.7543 for more information or to register for this class.

This program is supported by a generous grant from the Women’s Healthcare Classic