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Nutrition

The nutritionists at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA) offer reliable and accurate advice, classes, and information about food and nutrition to support your health and recovery during and after cancer treatment. We will help your medical team and you understand scientific findings about the connections between food, specific nutrients, and health.

Upon request, a nutritionist will work with you to design eating plans to meet your unique needs. For more information, speak with someone from your medical team, or call the Medical Nutrition Therapy Service at (206) 288-7222 to schedule an appointment with a nutritionist. We are located on the sixth floor of the SCCA outpatient clinic on Lake Union.

What are Nutritionists?

SCCA nutritionists are registered dietitians (RDs), registered by the American Dietetic Association, as well as certified dietitians (CDs), certified by the State of Washington. We are experienced in a wide variety of food and nutrition topics. We work together with the medical teams to explain the latest scientific findings about the connections between food, individual nutrients, and health. SCCA nutritionists also help patients understand scientific findings related to nutrition and cancer.

Services for Patients

As an SCCA patient you may want to consult with an SCCA nutritionist for one of the following reasons:

Individualized nutrition assessment and counseling for:

  • Disease-specific nutritional issues and treatment complications
  • Vitamin, mineral, and trace-element requirements and deficiencies
  • Oral fluid and electrolyte requirements
  • Weight management (requires commitment of a minimum of two counseling sessions)
  • Preventive nutrition

Diet analysis and assessment (including computer analysis of a patient’s dietary intake)

  • Assessment and recommendations for specialized routes of nutrition support, including tube feeding and intravenous nutrition
  • Food-safety education

Nutrition Classes

We hold weekly nutrition classes emphasizing food safety during cancer treatment and the nutritional management of cancer treatment side effects. We also offer weekly classes to help SCCA patients translate scientific findings into easy-to-understand nutrition information. Please see the activities calendar for information about upcoming classes.