Getting Through Treatment & Recovery
Understanding Cancer Treatment
At Hormel Health Labs, we know that going through cancer treatment can be difficult. Chemo, radiation, and surgeries can create challenges that make it even more difficult. And it is imperative to maintain proper weight and strength throughout treatment and recovery.
What makes it difficult? Cancer patients often experience fatigue, loss of appetite, difficulty swallowing, mouth and throat sores. Chemotherapy can make certain foods taste metallic, or just wrong. These issues can result in malnutrition, dehydration, loss of weight, and loss of lean muscle mass. That’s why it’s important to provide easy-to-prepare, affordable, tasty foods with plenty of protein to help maintain lean muscle mass and calories for energy.
To better serve people with cancer, we partnered with the Cancer Nutrition Consortium to develop HORMEL VITAL CUISINE™ brand products. The CNC, which includes experts from some of the nation’s leading cancer institutes, conducted the first-ever multi-center clinical study of over 1,000 cancer patients to understand the nutrition challenges they faced during treatment. Armed with this wealth of data, they’ve supported our efforts to develop convenient, nutritious and delicious foods that support specific needs of cancer patients, when they need it most.
The HORMEL VITAL CUISINE™ brand is the first line of food products made specifically to provide nutrition to people during cancer treatment. Through protein shakes, ready-to-eat meals, whey powders and convenient care packages, we’re providing convenient, affordable and functional nutrition options with tastes crafted by master chefs. A portion of every purchase benefits the Cancer Nutrition Consortium.