Arrangements of fruits and vegetables
Good nutrition is important during cancer treatment and recovery. Cancer and cancer treatments can affect the way your body tolerates certain foods and uses nutrients. Our registered dietitians specialize in cancer nutrition and are here to help. They work closely with you to set nutrition goals and advise ways to achieve them.

Eating well while being treated for cancer will help improve many aspects of your life. It can help you feel better, stay stronger and have more energy. Some people have nutrition-related side effects that we can help manage. Good nutrition during cancer treatment also helps lower the risk of infection and shortens the time for healing and recovery.

Oncology nutrition services:
  • Nutrition screening to check for early signs of malnutrition
  • Evaluation of nutrition needs at every stage of cancer treatment and recovery
  • Consideration of dietary preferences, allergies, and intolerances
  • Patient and family nutrition education and counseling
  • Suggestions to help improve common side effects
  • Evidence-based information on food trends and supplement use
  • Guidance and care coordination for patients needing help with tube feeding

Our services are available both in-person and virtually through all our Providence Cancer Institute clinics.

If you have nutrition questions about your diet or cancer treatment, please ask your oncology care team to refer you to one of our Registered Dietitians.

Our Registered Dietitians host cancer nutrition classes twice a month that are free for all cancer patients. Classes are one hour long with morning and afternoon sessions available. Click on the register link below to view current class offerings.

Class details:

There are many resources available regarding nutrition during cancer treatment. Our team of Registered Dietitians has filtered through much of what is available to provide a list of resources that are best able to help our patients before, during and after cancer treatment.

Side effect management before and during cancer treatment:
Cancer site-specific nutrition resources:
Supporting a healthy lifestyle after cancer treatment:
Resources in other languages:

If you have questions regarding any of these resources, please ask your oncology care team to refer you to one of our Registered Dietitians.

Our Registered Dietitians have gathered some recipe resources that are specifically created for good nutrition during cancer treatment.

Jill Lematta Learning Center

Providence Cancer Institute lending libraries provide free assistance so you can find the information, answers and advice you seek, plus you can learn about the latest advances in cancer treatment.
The Jill Lematta Learning Center at Providence Portland Medical Center offers several cookbooks that can be checked out by patients and families to help support a health lifestyle before, during and after cancer treatment.

There are many resources available throughout the Portland-metro area community that are helpful to our patients. We have gathered a list of the most helpful resources available to support good nutrition before, during and after cancer treatment.

Community resources:

Home delivered meal services:

Oral nutrition supplement assistance:

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