Many cancer patients find it hard to eat well. Cancer and cancer treatments may affect taste, smell, appetite and the ability to eat enough food or absorb the nutrients from food. Eating the right amount of food is important for healing, fighting infection, having enough energy and building strength.
The Dempsey Center provides nutrition consultations at no cost to cancer patients, survivors and caregivers.
A private appointment with our registered dietitian can help you:
COVID-19 NOTE: Although the Dempsey Center is closed to in-person visits during the coronavirus pandemic, we are providing virtual nutrition consultations. Call and leave us a message at 877-336-7287 and a staff person will get back to you as soon as possible.
Judy Donnelly, RDN, Nutrition Program Coordinator
Judy Donnelly is a licensed, registered dietitian with twenty years of experience working with oncology patients and people with a wide range of health concerns. She joined the Dempsey Center in 2015, and has practiced in a variety of settings, including group work, corporate wellness, cooking classes, and private consultations. She has great passion and skill for helping clients meet their nutritional goals and translating the science of nutrition into wholesome and health-supporting eating habits.
A healthy diet is an essential component of cancer risk reduction, treatment and recovery. The Dempsey Center’s Nutrition Program offers several classes to help you maintain wellness before, during and after treatment.
Research shows that eating well can have a positive impact on energy level, treatment outcomes and overall sense of well-being. Our nutrition programs are facilitated by registered dietitians who provide evidence-based guidelines and practical tips to help promote good nutrition habits during treatment and beyond.
Going through treatment?
In treatment or beyond and interested in maintaining health with good nutrition?
The Dempsey Center has a variety of classes that will help you learn how certain foods and nutrients work to promote good health and to support you before, during and after cancer treatment. You’ll also learn how to prepare quick and healthy recipes, have tasting opportunities and get recipes to make at home.
Nutrition programming at the Dempsey Center is supported in part by Hannaford Supermarkets.
Located in Auburn, the Dempsey Center Community Garden is a true community effort and resource.
Tended by volunteers, with guidance from master gardeners, the garden provides a unique space for programs, produce for nutrition classes and local produce for cancer patients.
During the growing season, classes for both teens and adults are held at the garden. During harvest season, volunteers deliver fresh community garden produce to the Dempsey Center. Tomatoes, beans, squash and more are turned into healthy meals during nutrition classes and workshops. The surplus is offered to cancer patients and their families, providing them with access to fresh, locally-grown produce.
For more information, please contact our nutrition program coordinator.
American Institute for Cancer Research, provides detailed information about health aspects of specific foods, risks associated with particular foods, and lots of recipes to help you improve your diet.
American Cancer Society, Learn about the benefits of good nutrition, regular physical activity, and staying at a healthy weight. Get guidance and tips to help you choose healthier options.
Cook for Your Life, has lots of healthy recipes for anyone
Rebecca Katz, has a large collection recipes geared towards people managing the side effects of cancer. Recipes are divided into categories based on type of food.
Oncology Nutrition -offers lots of excellent information related to nutrition during cancer treatment
American Cancer Society, this section of their website has information to help you address any eating problems that might come up during cancer treatment
Plant Based Eating for Cancer Survivors: Dos + Don’ts a webinar recording from Triage Cancer
Cook for Your Life has a large archive of how-to cooking videos
Rebecca Katz has several online courses for a fee. NOTE: Rebecca’s Clean Soups course is FREE until the end of April, use the code: BEWELL when you register
Recipes from the Dempsey Center Kitchen, a collection of healthy and delicious recipes from Dempsey Center Nutrition Program classes
What to Eat: Before, During, and After Cancer Treatment, recipes and handouts from this popular Dempsey Center class