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Nutrition Services

A healthy lifestyle is extremely important in your fight against cancer. At Cancer Care Northwest, an oncology dietitian is available to assess your nutritional needs and to develop a personalized program to improve your health before, during and after treatment.

With our registered dietitian’s professional guidance and clinical expertise, you will become equipped to eat healthier and to make better lifestyle choices that promote optimal treatment outcomes and support your overall well-being.

Patient nutrition services include:

  • Healthy lifestyle education
  • Body composition assessment
  • Diet and supplement review and assessment
  • Dietary intervention focusing on anti-inflammatory and whole foods
  • Assistance with managing treatment side effects
  • Stress management
  • Exercise recommendations


 

Cancer Care Northwest’s nutrition services are led by oncology dietitian, Heather Gabbert, MS, RD, CD. Heather graduated with a Master of Science degree from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale in 1995, which included a coordinated internship. She loves all areas of dietetics; however, her area of focus is oncology, wellness and disease prevention. Heather has authored nutrition sections for many of the Living and Thriving with Cancer books and she has written articles and blogs highlighting the importance of nutrition. She enjoys helping people learn the importance of good nutrition. Heather is also a Zumba instructor and a mother to her two children.

Resume

Undergraduate Degree
Southern Illinois University (Bachelor of Science, Food and Nutrition-Dietetics);
Carbondale, IL

Master’s Degree
Southern Illinois Univeristy (Master of Science, Food and Nutrition-Dietetics); Carbondale, IL

Certification
Certification on Dietetic Registration: Registered Dietitian 1995present

Honors, Memberships & Leadership

  • President: Greater Spokane Dietetics Association, 2014–current
  • President Elect: Greater Spokane Dietetics Association, 2013–2014
  • Media Representative: Washington State Dietetic Association, 2010–2012.
  • Manager of Nutrition: Cancer Treatment Centers of America, 2012
  • Gilda’s Club Chicago: Founding volunteer member, 1998
  • Greater Spokane Dietetics Association (GSDA)
  • Washington State Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (WSAND)
  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) 
  • Oncology Dietetics Practice Group (OND) 

 

Patient nutrition services include:

  • Healthy lifestyle education
  • Body composition assessment
  • Diet and supplement review and assessment
  • Dietary intervention focusing on anti-inflammatory and whole foods
  • Assistance with managing treatment side effects
  • Stress management
  • Exercise recommendations

Our registered dietitian is eager to help you throughout treatment to achieve a more comfortable experience while encouraging healing. To schedule an appointment, please see the following steps:

  • Contact your CCNW doctor’s nurse and request a nutrition appointment

  • Your CCNW doctor will enter an order for nutrition consult

  • A scheduler will call you to set up an appointment

  • A Patient Advocate will verify insurance benefits for nutrition services and call you before the scheduled appointment to review coverage/charges

Our oncology dietitian recommends the following websites for patients interested in learning more about how to adopt a healthier lifestyle during and after treatment: 

  • Diet and Cancer Report: Diet and Cancer Report – American Institute for Cancer Research & World Cancer Research Fund
  • World's Healthiest Foods: A list of the most highly recommended food
  • FoodNews.org: This specific link offers a list of the 12 most contaminated fruits and vegetables. It is updated annually as the Dirty Dozen Report.
  • NAL.USDA.GOV: Look up any food item to get a full nutrition profile.
  • Cancer.org:  This website is produced by the American Cancer Society: Nutrition for the Person with Cancer. 

 

As of February 1, 2017, CCNW will no longer be providing nutritional supplements to our patients. The following handout may be of assistance to you when you're looking for nutritional supplements: 

"Meeting with a nutritionist really helped me zero in on ideas that would help me feel better during chemotherapy. I have enjoyed learning how to eat healthier, and Heather is so great at what she does!" 
- Terry, Lung Cancer