Every week in my work as a dietitian I hear about a new diet or supplement from my patients that has sent me to PubMed to fact-check the details. Combing through this information can be difficult for me as a health professional, not to mention overwhelming for someone newly diagnosed with cancer who doesn’t have a background in health or nutrition. My motivation for creating Survivors’ Table was to work through my own questions about best practices for cancer nutrition and, hopefully, provide information that is useful for cancer survivors. I’ve had several family members affected by a cancer diagnosis which also inspires me to write about science-based cancer nutrition as there is a great deal of suspect information available.
We live in a time when we have more access to health and nutrition information than ever before. Yet, paradoxically, there seems to be even more confusion about health and nutrition than there has been in the past. I certainly don’t have all the answers—there are new studies published on diet and cancer everyday—but I will try to sort though the facts and misinformation to understand the best practices we have today.
Danielle Penick, MS, RD, CNSC, LDN is a Registered Dietitian with a Masters of Science in Clinical Nutrition who has worked with cancer patients in outpatient and inpatient settings since 2010. She is board certified in nutrition support and licensed. Previously, Penick worked at Cancer Treatment Centers of America in Phoenix, AZ and the Lewis Hall Singletary Oncology Center at John D. Archbold Memorial Hospital in Thomasville, GA. Penick also worked at WakeMed hospital in Raleigh, NC, where she specialized in treatment of cancer patients, as well as internal medicine, and ICU patients. Currently, Penick is based in Phoenix, AZ and is involved with Phoenix Cancer Support Network. She was a speaker at the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Rocky Mountain Blood Cancer Conference in Denver, CO presenting on “Nutrition Strategies for the Cancer Survivor” and more recently spoke at Tennis for Life’s National Nutrition Month Month meeting presenting to breast cancer survivors in Raleigh, NC.
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