Recorded Symposium Session: In It for the Long Haul: The Far-Reaching Impacts of Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment on Nutrition Care

A cancer diagnosis and its treatment can result in significant symptoms that impact nutrition status. Although the acute side effects fade over time, a cancer diagnosis and its treatment often have long-term effects on food preferences, digestion, absorption, and personal diet preferences and beliefs. Ongoing care of patients with cancer is increasing in relevancy as survival rates increase.

In this session, Valaree Williams MS, RDN, CSO, LDN, CNSC, FAND, will highlight common lasting impacts of cancer that may be present in your patient populations and will discuss effective interventions to assist in a more thorough dietary assessment and nutrition plan. 

Learning Objectives

After attending this session, nutrition professionals should be able to:

  1. Describe common latent side effects of cancer and cancer treatment that impact nutrition status.
  2. Create and implement a more detailed nutrition assessment to counsel clients on the potential impacts of cancer history on food intake and nutrition status.
  3. Develop individualized nutrition plans for clients that consider the impacts of cancer diagnosis and the effects of a variety of cancer treatments.

Additional Information

Suggested CDR Performance Indicators: 
8.2.3, 8.2.4, 9.4.5, 10.2.14
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Valaree Williams MS, RDN, CSO, LDN, CNSC, FAND, has 15 years of experience as a registered dietitian working in clinical nutrition and leadership positions. She provides nutrition care to patients with cancer, from diagnosis through survivorship and end of life. Much of her work is specialized in the caring of patients with cancers of the gastrointestinal tract.

Through her work, Valaree aims to increase the impact of dietitian-delivered nutrition care on patient outcomes and grow the appreciation and understanding of the interdisciplinary team regarding the impact of nutrition on cancer care. Her experience includes working at academic medical centers across the country and she is currently employed as a clinical oncology nutritionist at the American Oncology Network (AON). Through her work at AON, she provides telehealth nutrition services to patients in community cancer centers in four states. Additionally, she serves in several volunteer roles for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND), the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR), and the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN).

Valaree received a Bachelor of Science in dietetics from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania and completed her dietetic internship at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Presbyterian-Shadyside.  She continued on to obtain her Master of Health Sciences from Chatham University.

The presenter has no relevant disclosures to report regarding this program. She has certified that no conflict of interest exists for this program. View our disclosure policy.

Available Credit

  • 1.00 CDR


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