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La Crosse cancer center hoping to improve food quality for patients

LA CROSSE, WI (WTAQ) - A cancer center in La Crosse is part of a national effort to provide more tempting food for patients who nauseated and tired from treatments. 

Mayo's Franciscan Healthcare Cancer Center is among a half-dozen facilities that surveyed over 1,200 patients to see what they could eat -- and what they couldn't stomach. 

Franciscan dietician Sue Leifer said the better people do with nutrition during their treatments, the better they'll do overall. 

The Culinary Institute of America helped create the more appealing foods for patients to try.

Eventually, the La Crosse center and other five will provide recipes for patients to take home. They could also provide a bigger variety of chefs in the hospitals.