What’s New in Nutrition for Cancer: Practical Guidance for the Busy Clinician

Program Date: 15 June 2022
Publication Date: 8 December 2022

Course Description:

In this course, Carla Prado, PhD, RD, and Nelda Swinton, MSc, RD interpret the results of new scientific literature on the effects of nutrition during cancer treatment; discuss best practices based on key messages from new clinical guidelines; and evaluate how to adopt recommendations into practice.

Course Objectives:

• Interpret the results of new scientific literature on the effects of nutrition during cancer treatment. 
• Implement best practices based on key messages from new clinical guidelines in cancer care. 
• Evaluate how to adopt recommendations into practice.
  • Run Time: 47

Course Instructor Bio(s)

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Carla Prado, PhD, RD

Professor and Campus Alberta Innovate Program (CAIP) Chair 
Nutrition, Food, and Health 
Director, Human Nutrition Research Unit 
Division of Human Nutrition 
University of Alberta 
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Dr Carla Prado is a Professor at the University of Alberta in Canada and a Campus Alberta Innovate Program (CAIP) chair in Nutrition, Food, and Health. She is also the Director of the Human Nutrition Research Unit. She is an expert in assessing nutritional status through the precise measurement of body composition and energy metabolism. 

The focus of her current research program is to develop targeted nutrition interventions for the prevention and treatment of low muscle mass in patients with cancer. She is currently the principal investigator for three clinical trials investigating the impact of nutrition intervention on body composition and health. 

She is an Editorial Board member of Clinical Nutrition, the Journal of Cachexia, Sarcopenia and Muscle, and Current Opinion in Clinical Nutrition and Metabolic Care. 

Dr Prado is a past recipient of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40, an award that celebrates exceptional young Canadian leaders of all sectors, and she was recently inducted into the Royal Society of Canada, the highest academic honor in her country.

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Nelda Swinton, MSc, RD

Oncology Dietitian, Consultant 
Formerly at the Cancer Nutrition Rehabilitation and Peter Projde Lung Cancer Clinic 
Jewish General Hospital 
Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Nelda graduated from McGill’s School of Dietetics and Human Nutrition in 1987. Nelda Swinton is an Oncology Dietitian, with an interest and expertise in screening for malnutrition risk and working in an integrative team to help manage cancer symptoms through nutritional evaluation, assessment, planning, and follow-up. She has been working in oncology since 1996 at the Jewish General Hospital (JGH). 

In 2003, she created the nutrition component of the Cancer Nutrition Rehabilitation Program at the Jewish General Hospital. From 2007 - 2010 she developed the nutrition education program at the JGH’s Hope & Cope. 

In 2010 at the Jewish General Hospital, she developed the nutrition program for the Peter Brojde Lung Cancer Centre and became the Senior Dietitian. She lectures regularly on the importance of an interdisciplinary team to work with cancer patients. Nelda completed her master’s degree in science at McGill University in 2009. Her thesis was entitled: “Symptoms Leading to Nutritional Risk in Advanced Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Patients: The Importance of Nutritional Screening in the Advanced Lung Cancer Population.”


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