Journal of Cancer Education

, Volume 34, Issue 5, pp 860–864 | Cite as

Nutrition Education Services Described on National Cancer Institute (NCI)-Designated Cancer Center Websites

  • Rani PolakEmail author
  • Julia M. Reilly
  • Lauren E. Elson
  • Vanessa C. Gallegos-Kearin
  • Saurabha Bhatnagar
  • Jeffery C. Schneider
  • Julie K. Silver


For women diagnosed with breast cancer, healthy weight and enhanced nutrition may improve outcomes. The goal of this study is to examine the nutrition education services available on National Cancer Institute (NCI)-Designated Cancer Centers’ websites. In 2017, websites of all 61 NCI-Designated Cancer Centers that provide adult clinical care were reviewed at least twice. Websites were analyzed for the existence and type of expert-directed nutrition education services for breast cancer survivors. Of the 61 websites analyzed, 49 (80%) provided information about nutrition education. Twenty (33%) included only nutrition counseling, three (5%) only nutrition classes, and 26 (42%) both counseling and classes. Forty-six websites included information about nutrition counseling; of these, 39 had an easily identifiable description. Thirty-seven class options were offered, 22% were specific to breast cancer, 16% to subgroups such as young women, 41% were nutrition-only classes, and 24% included skills education. Nutrition services are an important part of breast cancer treatment. This study demonstrated that most NCI-designated cancer centers offered counseling. However, the type of information that was offered varied and services were not always specific to patients with breast cancer. Further research is needed to confirm the presence of services, assess patient access, and demonstrate their efficacy in promoting optimal survivor outcomes.


Cancer Breast cancer Nutrition Diet Culinary coaching Lifestyle medicine Behavior change Survivorship Patient education Rehabilitation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rani Polak
    • 1
    Email author
  • Julia M. Reilly
    • 2
  • Lauren E. Elson
    • 2
  • Vanessa C. Gallegos-Kearin
    • 2
  • Saurabha Bhatnagar
    • 2
  • Jeffery C. Schneider
    • 2
  • Julie K. Silver
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute of Lifestyle Medicine, Harvard Medical SchoolSpaulding Rehabilitation HospitalBostonUSA
  2. 2.Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Harvard Medical SchoolSpaulding Rehabilitation HospitalBostonUSA

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