Food for Thought: Nutrition in Vulnerable Cancer Populations With Mariah Jackson and Caitlin Benda

At this year’s Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) Congress in Washington, DC, Mariah Jackson, PhD, RDN, LMNT, an Assistant Professor of Medical Nutrition in the College of Allied Health Professions at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, and Caitlin Benda, MBA, MS, RD, CSO, a Board-Certified Specialist in Oncology Nutrition (CSO) at Inova Schar Cancer, in Fairfax, Virginia, sat down to discuss their presentation entitled Tackling Nutritional Barriers in Vulnerable Populations: Practical Solutions.

In this interview they discuss their session about nutrition in vulnerable cancer populations in further detail, as well as:

  • Some examples of nutritional problems and areas of vulnerability faced by patients with cancer
  • How nutritional goals and barriers differ across stages of the cancer continuum
  • Ways nurses can be aware of, evaluate, and address malnutrition in their patients
  • Information vulnerability and ways to combat myths with reliable information
  • Access vulnerability and ways to maximize nutrition for patients facing these issues
  • And more!

About Dr. Jackson & Ms. Benda

Mariah Jackson, PhD, RDN, LMNT, is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and an Assistant Professor of Medical Nutrition in the College of Allied Health Professions at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Dr. Jackson is passionate about studying the effects of dietary patterns on disease development and prevention in the oncologic setting. She was awarded the University of Nebraska Medical Center Alumni Association Early Career Achievement Award in 2022.

Caitlin Benda, MBA, MS, RD, CSO, a Registered Dietitian and Board-Certified Specialist in Oncology Nutrition (CSO) at Inova Schar Cancer, in Fairfax, Virginia. Ms. Benda has had a life-long fascination with the relationship between food and behavior, which has manifested into a passion for studying nutritional needs in cancer patients and survivors.

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