Nutrition Services

People with cancer and those close to them often feel especially overwhelmed when it comes to nutrition. For many, figuring out the best nutritional approach is like trying to hit a moving target. Meeting with an oncology dietitian can alleviate the stress and worry of figuring out what to eat before, during, and after your cancer treatment.

Our goal is to help you optimize wellness through nutrition. For many, personalized nutrition counseling and support leads to:

  • Improved tolerance to treatment
  • Optimal strength and immune function
  • Prevention of undesired weight loss or gain
  • Increased knowledge of appropriate diet and supplements
  • Adoption of lifelong healthier eating habits
  • Reduced risk of recurrence
  • Enhanced quality of life

Our Staff
Nutrition services at the Cancer Center are provided by Sarah Washburn, M.S., R.D., C.S.O., C.D. and Kristin Price, R.D.  Our oncology dietitians can help you develop eating strategies, not strict, hard-to-follow meal plans.  Their recommendations are based on what foods you and your family members eat now and are modified, as needed, during treatment or recovery. 

Make an appointment

Nutritional counseling offers you the unique opportunity to have the latest research about nutrition and cancer translated into simple, practical steps you can use in your own kitchen, at the grocery store, at restaurants - anywhere you’re thinking about what to eat. Appointments for nutrition counseling are available Monday through Friday free-of-charge to:

  • Patients currently in cancer treatment at the Cancer Center of Santa Barbara with Sansum Clinic (i.e. radiation or chemotherapy).
  • Former patients (i.e. individuals who are within one year of their last cancer treatment).
  • Family members or caregivers of current Cancer Center of Santa Barbara with Sansum Clinic patients.

To make an appointment, call (805) 898-2204. Self-referrals for nutrition counseling are welcomed; dialog with your health care providers about your interest and participation is encouraged.

For more information about our nutrition program including upcoming lectures, contact the Wellness department at (805) 898-2204 or search the education/lecture section of our calendar.  Also be sure to check out our Healthy Recipe Archive.