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Nutrition Services for Cancer Patients

Nutrition counseling for cancer patients can help you personalize your plate and create a sustainable nutrition approach that fits your individual needs for today and into the future. Our team of registered dietitian nutritionists is dedicated to helping you improve your health through evidence-based nutrition education and counseling during and after cancer treatment. 

Medical nutrition therapy (MNT) is an essential component of comprehensive health care. It includes a comprehensive nutrition assessment determining the nutrition diagnosis, nutrition intervention planning and implementation using evidence-based nutrition practice guidelines, and monitoring and evaluation of progress over subsequent visits.

Common Eating Problems During Cancer Treatment

  • Less appetite
  • Changes in your sense of taste or smell
  • Constipation or diarrhea
  • Lactose intolerance
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Dry mouth, sore mouth, sore throat and/or trouble swallowing
  • Weight gain or loss
A physician referral is necessary for all appointments. It gives the dietitian the medical information needed to plan an appropriate and individualized counseling session and is also required for insurance. Please check with your insurance company to see if your medical condition is covered for dietitian services.

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Providers

  • Nutrition Services for Cancer Patients

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    Elizabeth LeFevre, MHS, RD, CSO, LD is board certified in oncology nutrition and has a passion for not only helping treat patients for cancer, but helping them on the road to health after they have completed treatment.

    Elizabeth earned her bachelor's degree in dietetics from Brigham Young University, and her master's degree in health science from Boise State University.

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    Amy Mercer, RD provides nutritional counseling for adult patients undergoing cancer treatment. 

    Amy earned her master of public health degree in nutritional sciences from the University of Washington and is a board certified specialist in oncology nutrition. In her free time, she enjoys outdoor recreation, reading, cooking, and travel.

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    Alisa Rawson, MS, RDN, CSO, LD is a board certified specialist in oncology nutrition. She is passionate about supporting cancer patients through all stages of treatment and recovery, and she values the role of nutrition in improving health and quality of life.

    Alisa earned her bachelor's degree in molecular biology and Spanish with a minor in nutrition from the University of Wyoming. She earned her master's degree in food and nutrition from Purdue University, and completed her dietetic internship at the University of Oklahoma.

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    Valerie Robenstein, RD is a board certified specialist in oncology nutrition. She has worked with patients of all ages and types of cancer. She is passionate about supporting cancer patients with their nutrition needs during and after treatment. She enjoys the unique challenges presented by cancer surgeries, chemotherapy, and radiation.

    Valerie earned her bachelor’s degree in dietetics from the University of Idaho. In her spare time, she enjoys camping with her family, hiking, and reading.

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    Teresa Thaut RD, CSO works with adult and pediatric oncology patients at St Luke’s Cancer Center. 

    Teresa earned her bachelor's degree San Diego State University and has lived and worked around the country, following her husband's military service. Her hobbies include hiking, gardening, and anything outdoors. 

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  • Nutrition Services for Cancer Patients

More Nutrition Resources

National Cancer Institute: Nutrition in Cancer Care
Help to understand and manage eating problems common in cancer treatment. View an online version of the book, Eating Hints.

American Cancer Society: Nutrition for People with Cancer
Information to help with nutrition and manage treatment side effects. Includes free online classes about nutrition during and after treatment.

American Institute for Cancer Research
Research focused on the link between diet and cancer. Includes current information on foods that fight cancer. Subscribe to email publications (including Health-e-Recipes) and print newsletters on diet and cancer research.