Nutrition Services

Nutrition & Cancer

At the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center, one-on-one nutritional counseling, via telehealth/MyJeffersonHealth, is available for all cancer patients who need it.

As a cancer patient, you may experience a variety of nutritional impacts, including loss of appetite; nausea; vomiting; and even the inability to absorb or break down certain vitamins and minerals. During an already stressful time, proper nourishment and weight management are key to risk reduction, survivorship, and overall wellness.

Sara Spinner, RD, is New Jersey's oncology dietitian. At visits, you will cover:

  • Evaluation and assessment of cancer diagnosis; treatment plan; symptoms; medical history, dietary history, and more.
  • Dietary and other lifestyle changes tailored to your individual needs.

Not only is nutritional counseling physically beneficial, but also emotionally, as it can provide you with a sense of control over your cancer.


Check Out Our Healthy Eating Recipe Series 

During these challenging times, we remain committed to providing safe, expert care, close to home. One way we can be healthier, together, is by eating a well-balanced diet. Doing so can boost our immune system and reduce the risk and severity of chronic medical conditions. The holidays are a great time to discover new recipes! To learn more, click the button below. 

"The Cancer Diet"

Remember, there is no “one-size-fits-all” diet plan or “magic bullet” against cancer. Often, dietary habits for cancer are more plant-based, with plenty of nutrient-dense foods, lean proteins, healthy fats, fibers, and cruciferous vegetables.

Patients are encouraged to still enjoy their favorite foods, as long as they can tolerate them.

Meet Our Dietitian

Sara Spinner, RD

Sara Spinner, RD, is a 2019 Maxima Cum Laude graduate from LaSalle University, where she earned a B.S. in nutrition and completed her dietetic internship with Jefferson Health and Temple University Hospital. Sara is a Registered Dietitian under the Commission of Dietetic Registration and joined Jefferson Health as a Nutrition Education Specialist. Sara also holds a B.A. in psychology from Rutgers University. She is committed to helping others and loves working one on one with patients to improve their quality of life. In addition to her passion for all things food and nutrition, Sara keeps active with her love of the outdoors, travel, yoga, and her two dogs.


Nourishing Our Bodies During a Cancer Diagnosis

Join us Wednesdays from 3-4 p.m. to discuss healthful guidelines, supplements, nutrient-dense foods, and how to maximize your nutrition.

Additional Resources

There are countless recipes and ideas to try out. Sara provides her patients with many evidence-based, reputable sources to learn from, such as:

Also, for a helpful source for managing treatment side effects, click here, and for general nutrition and cancer prevention facts, click here.