The effect of diet and nutrition on cancer prevention and recurrence (the return of cancer after treatment) is one of the most studied topics in medicine. Cancer treatment often affects a person's eating habits and nutritional needs. Although it is important for people with cancer to maintain a healthy body weight and eat nutritious foods, the side effects of surgery, radiation therapy, and chemotherapy may cause a person to eat less and lose weight. On the other hand, some treatments may cause weight gain for some patients.
Oncology Dietitians have specific education in the study of nutrition and cancer. Our goal is to optimize wellness and minimize side effects during and after treatment. Nutritional counseling offers the unique opportunity to learn about the latest research in nutrition and how to apply this information. Ask your doctor if you could benefit from nutrition counseling.
Our Oncology Dietitian, Sarah Washburn, MS, RDN, CSO conducts monthly oncology nutrition workshops and seminars, in addition to scheduled nutrition counseling, as a way to educate cancer patients about ways to use the power of food and nutrition during and after their treatments.
Oncology Nutrition Seminar Series
Join our Oncology Nutritionists in preparing healthy seasonal foods and discussing the most recent research related to cancer, foods and your lifestyle. Each monthly class in the series covers different topics and research, and all cooking supplies and ingredients are provided. Topics vary each month, but previous topics have included:
Ten New Anti-Cancer FoodsHerbs, Spices… and Chocolate of Course.
Your Gut Health: What is the relationship between your gut health and cancer?
Cancer Loves Sugar – Fact or Fiction
Food as Medicine
Visit the calendar to see the schedule each month or call for more information (805) 898-2204.
Individuals currently in treatment or within one year of their last treatment may receive nutrition counseling free-of-charge with the Cancer Center’s Oncology Dietitian Nutritionist, Sarah Washburn, MS, RD, CSO. Call (805) 898-2204 to schedule an appointment.
Cancer Center of Santa Barbara Nutrition & Wellness
540 West Pueblo St
Santa Barbara CA 93105
Hours: Monday-Friday 8 am - 5 pm