Diet and Nutrition

We offer individual and group counseling on diet and nutrition to help you during and after your cancer treatments at Penn Medicine's Abramson Cancer Center.

Nutrition Counseling

Our experienced registered dietitians counsel patients and families on such issues as weight and strength, improving nutritional status, and enhancing energy level and overall sense of well-being.

Nutrition is important during and after cancer treatment. Our experienced nutritional counselors help with:

  • Managing treatment side effects that may affect the ability to eat
  • Finding ways to obtain adequate hydration
  • Suggesting foods to help maintain weight
  • Identifying easy food preparation steps to help patients conserve energy
  • Analyzing drug/nutrient interactions between chemotherapy medications and herbs or nutritional supplements
  • Providing guidance for using complementary therapies and cancer diets
  • Suggesting alternative forms of nutrition

To make an appointment with the Abramson Cancer Center's Nutritional Counseling Program, call 215-615-0534.

Nutrition Classes

Penn offers nutrition classes for patients beginning cancer treatment. The classes provide educational information, specific guidelines and recommendations, and important nutritional guidance during cancer treatment and survivorship.

Registered dietitians from the Abramson Cancer Center teach these classes.

For more information or to register, please call 215-615-0534.

Expert Nutritional Advice

Our registered dietitians are experts in cancer nutrition. They present at national conferences and regional events. Our dietitians are also featured experts for the nutrition section of Ask the Experts on Oncolink, the Abramson Cancer Center's award-winning online cancer resource.

As an exceptional center for research, as designated by the National Cancer Institute, Abramson Cancer Center's nutrition experts participate in a variety of research projects. These research areas focus on weight gain following cancer treatment, the impact of a weight loss and exercise program on cancer-related fatigue, and the effect of nutritional intervention in gastrointestinal cancer patients.

Our dietitians have prepared a variety of fact sheets containing helpful information about nutrition and cancer.