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UPMC Hillman Cancer Center offers many options to learn more about your nutritional health during cancer treatment.

Nutritional Services is staffed by registered, licensed dietitians with a focus in nutrition oncology. The majority of the dietitians at UPMC Hillman Cancer Center are board-certified in oncology nutrition through the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Nutritional services are available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Patients and family members can be seen in the treatment area, during clinic visits with the oncologist, or through a private consultation. All consultations are complementary.

Meeting Your Nutrition Needs During Cancer Treatment

The dietitians (licensed nutritionists) can meet with you and your family on a variety of nutrition topics, including:

  • Managing eating problems and symptoms related to your surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation, such as weight loss and appetite issues.
  • Safe food handling and preparation.
  • Nutrition education and guidance on various diets, including the plant-based diet from the American Institute for Cancer Research.
  • Review and analyze current intake to better formulate eating strategies to meet vitamin and mineral needs through diet.
  • Assistance with specialized feeding treatments (tube feedings).
  • Managing unintended weight loss or gain through lifestyle nutrition tips for cancer survivors.
  • List of resources such as cookbooks, cooking classes, blogs, home-delivered meals, and other programs in the community.
Nutrition Facts

"Ask a Dietitian"

UPMC Hillman Cancer Center offers "Ask the Nutritionist" classes. For more information and upcoming dates, call 412-864-7500.

Ask a Dietitian

Contact Cancer Nutrition Services

UPMC Hillman Cancer Center
Phone: 412-623-3325

Mary Hillman Jennings Radiation Oncology Center at UPMC Shadyside
Phone: 412-623-6720

Network locations
Talk with your oncologist or oncology nurse for more information.

Nutrition Services for Cancer Patients