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Dietitians and Nutritionists

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You may want to ask your doctor to refer you to a dietitian for specific advice and guidance. A registered dietitian (RD), also called a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN), has academic and accredited internship experience, has successfully passed the national credentialing exam and maintains ongoing continuing education and professional development in accordance with the Commission on Dietetic Registration. Dietitians may refer to themselves as nutritionists, but not all nutritionists are dietitians. The terms "nutritionist" and "dietitian" are often incorrectly used interchangeably.

You can also find a registered dietitian through the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. And remember to check your health plan to determine whether it provides coverage for a dietitian's services.

A registered dietitian can:

  • Develop an eating plan that meets your needs
  • Help you manage changes in appetite and weight
  • Help you deal with treatment side effects
  • Advise you about foods, vitamins, herbs and supplements
  • Develop a personalized cancer survivorship wellness plan

Your doctor may refer you to a registered dietitian if you're not eating or drinking enough for extended periods. The registered dietitian can help with tube feedings of prescribed supplements high in calories and protein until you can resume normal eating. Patients who have had a stem cell transplant or other aggressive treatments may receive nutrition intravenously.

Get a Free One-On-One Consultation

Patients and caregivers may receive free one-on-one phone and email consultations with a dietitian. If you'd like more information, please contact an Information Specialist or watch the video below.

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