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Nutrition Services

Good nutrition is important at every stage of your cancer treatment and recovery.
What we do

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 BC Cancer 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.  Please see Finding Us, to the right, 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. 

Our classes

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

The Diet and Prostate Program: Evaluation and Recommendations (DAPPER) Study is now complete. Thank you to all those who participated in the study.

We are pleased that these Dietitian-lead nutrition group education sessions to help meet the information needs of prostate cancer patients will continue in the New Year (2017). Classes are held on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of each month from 10:30AM to 12:00PM at the BC Cancer Vancouver Island Centre (Patient Education Room). 

Interested? To register for a session or for more information, please contact Cara Miller, Dietitian at 250-519-5525 or email cara.miller@bccancer.bc.ca.


Appointments

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


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