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Nutrition component

VIE Project

Cancer and its treatments can have an impact on a child's diet, especially in relation to side effects and changes in taste.

The Nutrition component of the VIE project provides families with personalized follow-ups and cooking and nutrition workshops workshops in order to encourage a balanced diet for the child undergoing cancer treatment, but also for the whole family. Every effort is important, no matter how small!

For children with cancer, eating well 1,2,3 :

  • Allows a better tolerance to treatment and fewer side effects
  • Helps prevent infections
  • Reduces the long term health side effects of treatments

Personalized follow-up

The personalized follow-up of the VIE Project consists in:

  • Regular meetings with the nutritionist of the research team
  • The development of realistic and gradual objectives
  • The collection of certain information:
    • Food and beverages consumed the day before
    • Various body measurements
    • Presence of diet-related symptoms

You will be given questionnaires so we can monitor the evolution of the child's diet:

Cooking and nutrition workshops

The workshops of the VIE Project consist in:

  • Videos of cooking demonstration videos and practical nutrition tips on a variety of themes
  • Quick and easy recipes
  • Tailored advice
  • Nutrition and cooking workshops, in real time, led by a chef and nutritionist and presented once a week to allow you to ask your questions and taste the recipes
  • Encouragement towards healthy lifestyle habits for the whole family

Each theme is linked to video clips, thematic recipes and a summary brochure. You can also view the recipes online.

The covered themes are:

  • Principles of Food Safety during Cancer Treatment
  • Food Fortification
  • Changes in taste and impact of cancer treatments
  • Diet and digestive side effects of treatments
  • Health and the Meditteranean Diet
  • Simple and budget-friendly meals
  • Nutritional support during cancer treatments

Our team

  • Valérie Marcil, R.D., Ph.D.
    Researcher in Nutrition
  • Véronique Bélanger, R.D., M.Sc.
    Ph.D. Candidate in Nutrition
  • Leona Ghostine, R.D.
    Master's Student in Nutrition
  • Mélanie Napartuk, R.D.
    Master's Student in Nutrition


Valérie Marcil, R.D, Ph.D
Head of the Nutrition Program

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[1] Hafiz, M. G., & Mannan, M. A. (2008). Lymphoblastic Leukemia and Its Effect on Induction of Remission. Mymensingh Med J, 17(2 Suppl).

[2] Bauer, J., Jürgens, H., & Frühwald, M. C. (2011). Important aspects of nutrition in children with cancer. Advances in Nutrition, 2(2), 67-77.

[3] GÓMEZ-ALMAGUER, D. A. V. I. D., MONTEMAYOR, J., GONZALES-LLANO, O. S. C. A. R., RUIZ-ARGÜELLES, G. J., BETZ, N. L., & MARFIL-RIVERA, J. A. V. I. E. R. (1995). Leukemia and Nutrition IV. Improvement in the Nutritional Status of Children with Standard-Risk Acute Lymphoblastic. International Journal of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, 2, 53-56.

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