How can a dietitian help people with cancer?

Dietitians play a key role on your health care team by helping you get the best nutrition possible. Good nutrition helps your body handle cancer treatments better and with fewer side effects. Our registered dietitians are experts in cancer nutrition and make recommendations based on proven research. They can help you with a variety of nutrition topics, including:

  • Finding the foods your body needs
  • Coping with side effects such as lack of appetite or trouble swallowing
  • Getting to a healthy body weight
  • Finding answers about vitamins and supplements
  • Guidelines for cancer prevention after treatment

Nutrition counseling is free of charge to HCI patients.

How Do I Make an Appointment?

Call 801-587-4585 to make an appointment for a nutrition counseling session. Appointments are available Monday through Friday:

Suggestions to Help Manage Common Side Effects

Some cancer treatments can make it hard to eat. You may have nausea. You may feel too tired to make meals. Foods may taste different. You may have questions about what to eat during and after cancer treatment. Here are some fact sheets that will help you manage these common side effects.

For more information, or for specific nutrition-related questions, call the Linda B. and Robert B. Wiggins Wellness and Integrative Health Center at 801-587-4585.

Our Team

Katie Barker, RDN, CSO, CD

  • Bachelor’s degree from Utah State University; Master’s degree in nutrition from the University of Utah in progress.
  • Board certified specialist in oncology nutrition.
  • Specializes in weight management.

Tiana Spurlock, RD, CD

  • Bachelor's degrees in nutritional science and Hispanic studies from Pepperdine University.
  • Specializes in one-on-one sessions and group classes.
  • Focuses on helping patients find small, healthy changes that are easy to achieve.


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