Nutrition Services

Contact Us:

Nutrition Services
Phone: 204-787-2109
Toll-Free: 1-866-561-1026

The Importance of Good Nutrition

Staying well-nourished before, during and after cancer treatment is important to improve or maintain your health, strength and sense of well-being. Getting the proper nutrients can help your body stay strong, tolerate and complete treatment and assist with recovery after cancer treatment is finished.

Everyone’s experience with cancer is unique. While some individuals continue to enjoy eating, others may struggle with eating due to the side effects of their cancer, its treatment or the emotional effects that often accompany a cancer diagnosis.

Nutritional needs for people with cancer can vary depending on the type of cancer, cancer treatment and the overall health status of that individual. With all the information available on nutrition and cancer, finding appropriate and credible nutritional advice can be challenging and confusing.

Registered Dietitians at CancerCare Manitoba

The registered dietitians at CancerCare Manitoba have decades of experience working with cancer patients. They are regulated health professionals who are licensed to practice by the College of Registered Dietitians of Manitoba. Registered dietitians have the training and skills to provide individualized nutritional advice that is trust-worthy and supported by scientific evidence.

Working with other members of the healthcare team, registered dietitians provide one-on-one nutrition education to cancer patients and their caregivers. They also provide group classes on various nutrition-related topics and participate in professional education of clinical staff and dietetic interns.

How Can a Registered Dietitian Help Me?

You may benefit from meeting with a registered dietitian if you;

  • would like information on your specific nutritional needs during cancer treatment,
  • are experiencing unwanted weight loss or weight gain due to your cancer or cancer treatment,
  • are having difficulty with food or fluid intake because of treatment side effects such as poor appetite, taste changes, nausea, dry mouth, swallowing or chewing problems, constipation, diarrhea, etc.
  • would like to try commercial nutritional supplements or other specialized nutritional products to improve your nutritional intake,
  • have questions about vitamin and mineral supplements or natural health products,
  • are dealing with other medical conditions that require a special diet (e.g. diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, food allergies, etc.),
  • have general questions about healthy eating or a healthy diet after cancer treatment.

Connecting with a Registered Dietitian at CancerCare Manitoba

If you are a patient at CancerCare Manitoba and are interested in meeting with one of our registered dietitians, you can ask any member of your healthcare team to make a referral to Nutrition Services. You can also contact Nutrition Services directly at 204-787-2109 or toll free at 1-866-561-1026 to request an appointment. One-on-one sessions with a registered dietitian are available at the following CCMB sites: McDermot (by HSC), St. Boniface General Hospital, Victoria General Hospital and the Western Manitoba Cancer Centre (Brandon). If you are unable to attend an appointment in person, sessions can be arranged via telephone or TeleHealth.

Our Team

Notes: Continue to list the clinicians and their availability; (please note that Pamela’s availability has changed – now providing service at VGH every Wednesday)

Angela Martens, RD
McDermot Site (Monday to Thursday)

Robin Chambers, RD
St. Boniface Site (Monday & Thursday)
McDermot Site (Tuesday)

Gina Sunderland, RD
McDermot Site (Wednesday to Friday)

Pamela Klassen, RD
McDermot Site (Monday & Friday)
Victoria General Hospital (Wednesday)

Grace Murray, RD
Western Manitoba Cancer Centre – Brandon (no change)

Notes: For the four CCMB dietitians, we will continue to just list the main phone number (204-787-2109) and the toll free number.1-866-561-1026