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Nutrition Services

Good nutrition is important at every stage of your cancer treatment and recovery.
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Benefits of good nutrition 

  • Improves and maintains your nutritional status before and during your cancer treatment.
  • Decreases any eating challenges during your treatment
  • Improves your strength, well-being, and quality of life related to food

How can a dietitian help me?

Registered dietitians at the BC Cancer Agency can help you if you are experiencing eating challenges during your cancer treatment such as:

  • decreased appetite and unwanted weight loss
  • dry mouth and taste changes
  • nausea
  • bowel changes: constipation or diarrhea

A registered dietitian can meet with you before or after one of your already scheduled appointments.  If you prefer, a dietitian can also call you at home.  Click on the locations tab to contact the nutrition department at your cancer centre. 

If you are having treatment at a chemotherapy clinic in your home community, you can request to speak with the dietitian working at your local hospital to answer your questions.

For general nutrition questions, you can call Healthlink BC 8-1-1 which is a free nutrition information telephone service offered by Registered Dietitians. Call 8-1-1 anywhere in BC, Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm. 

Group classes

Nutrition and Breast Cancer Education Session at the Vancouver Cancer Centre

Sessions are held on the third Wednesday of every month by a registered dietitian. Each session is approximately 90 minutes in length.  Women are encouraged to bring questions for discussion. Family, friends or support persons are welcome.  The session is held at the Fairmont Building at 750 West Broadway in room 602.

For registration and information on the next session dates, please contact the Program Assistant Maria Neale at 604-877-6000 ext. 67-2013; or Toll-free in BC 1-800-663-3333 ext. 67-2013

Nutrition Classes for Men with Prostate Cancer in Victoria

We are looking for volunteers to take part in the 
Diet and Prostate Program: Evaluation and Recommendations 
(DAPPER) study evaluating whether a Dietitian-lead nutrition group education session meets the information needs of prostate cancer patients living on Vancouver Island. 

Your participation would include:
  • Completion of consent and a nutrition questionnaire (30 mins)
  • Participation in a nutrition and prostate cancer group education session (1.5 hour)
  • Completion of post-session nutrition questionnaire (30 mins)
Sessions are held from April 4 - Oct 25, 2016 on the 1st and 3rd Monday of the month from 11:30-1:30 at Hillside Seniors Centre (Yakimovich Wellness Centre) AND 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month from 1-3 at BCCA - Vancouver Island Centre (Patient Education Room). 

Eleah Stringer, Dietitian and Research Assistant
250-519-5522 or email: eleah.stringer@bccancer.bc.ca

Professionals you can trust

Our Registered Dietitians are members of the College of Dietitians of British Columbia. Qualifications for College membership include a Bachelor of Science degree and a dietetic internship from an accredited institution. 

They possess specialized knowledge in cancer care and are able to translate research information into practical food advice for patients and families. Some of our team members also have Masters and Doctorate degrees.

A registered dietitian can meet with you and your family or caregiver to:

  • Determine your nutritional goals
  • Provide practical suggestions to help meet your nutritional needs
  • Address your questions and clarify mixed messages about nutrition and its role in cancer
  • Provide follow up re-assessment as needed through your treatment


Locations

Abbotsford Centre

32900 Marshall Road, Abbotsford, BC V2S 0C2
Tel:  604-851-4733
Toll-free (in BC and Yukon) 1.877.547.3777 ext. 64-4733
fax:  1.604.851.4718

Centre for the North  

215 Lethbridge Street, Prince George, BC  V2M7E9
Tel:  250-645-7300
Toll-free (in BC and Yukon) 1.855.775.7330
fax:  250.645.7381

Fraser Valley Centre 

13750 - 96 Avenue, Surrey, BC, V3V 1Z2
Tel:  604-930-4000
Toll-free (in BC and Yukon) 1-800-523-2885 ext.65-4000
fax:  604.930.4015

Sindi Ahluwalia Hawkins Centre for the Southern Interior

399 Royal Avenue, Kelowna BC, V1Y 5L3
Tel:  250.712.3963
Toll-free (in BC and Yukon) 1.888.563.7773 ext.68-3963
fax:  250.712.3987

Vancouver Centre 

600 West 10th Avenue, Vancouver BC, V5Z 4E6
Tel:  604.877.6000 ext.2013
Toll-free (in BC and Yukon) 1-800-663-3333 ext.2013 
fax:  604.877.6120

Vancouver Island Centre 

2410 Lee Avenue, Victoria BC, V8R 6V5
Tel:  250.519.5525
Toll-free (in BC and Yukon) 1-800-670-3322 ext.69-5525
fax:  250.519.2011

 

Appointments

How can a dietitian help me?

Our dietitians at the BC Cancer Agency can help you if you are experiencing eating challenges during your cancer treatment such as:

  • decreased appetite and unwanted weight loss
  • dry mouth and taste changes
  • nausea
  • bowel changes: constipation or diarrhea

The dietitian can meet with you before or after one of your already scheduled appointments.  If you prefer, a dietitian can also call you at home.

If you are having treatment at a chemotherapy clinic in your home community, you can request to speak with the dietitian working at your local hospital to answer your questions.

For general nutrition questions, you can call Healthlink BC 8-1-1 which is a free nutrition information telephone service offered by Registered Dietitians. Call 8-1-1 anywhere in BC, Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm. 

Group classes

Nutrition and Breast Cancer Education Session at the Vancouver Cancer Centre

Sessions are held on the third Wednesday of every month by a registered dietitian. Each session is approximately 90 minutes in length.  Women are encouraged to bring questions for discussion. Family, friends or support persons are welcome.  The session is held at the Fairmont Building at 750 West Broadway in room 602.

For registration and information on the next session dates, please contact the Program Assistant Maria Neale at 604-877-6000 ext. 67-2013; or Toll-free in BC 1-800-663-3333 ext. 67-2013


 



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