Frequently Asked Questions

What do you suggest if I’m not sure where to begin?

A great place to start is our Critical Nutrition Screening. This screening tool has been validated for oncology patients specifically and indicates your risk for malnutrition. It’s quick and easy and the best place to start.

What is an Oncology Dietitian?

With less than 1% of U.S. dietitians having earned the oncology certification, this specialization is quite unique! Oncology Dietitians are board Certified Specialists in Oncology Nutrition (“CSO” credential). Like other registered dietitian nutritionists (RDN’s), oncology dietitians are food & nutrition experts first, having satisfied all the basic requirements of the Commission on Dietetic Registration. Beyond this they have extensive knowledge and experience working with patients that are currently undergoing cancer therapies, healing from cancer treatments, and also helping patients with cancer prevention. You can learn more about RDN education and credentialing at www.eatrightpro.org.

Do I need to be a cancer patient in order to work with a CNC Dietitian?
No. Our dietitians are board certified in oncology nutrition and have special expertise in this area, however, each of our dietitians are also credentialed as Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDN’s) and, as such, are capable of consulting across multiple fields of nutrition.
Can Oncology Dietitians answer questions about dietary supplements?

Yes! For starters you could take the CNC Supplement Review to learn more about supplements and cancer. This review allows access to the CNC Supplement ToolBox too. The ToolBox is full of excellent resources that are evidence-based and peer reviewed. If you would like more guidance, and a more thorough review, you could schedule a Screening Consultation with one of our Oncology Dietitians.

What is your payment policy?
Cancer Nutrition Care PAYMENT POLICY
At Cancer Nutrition Care (CNC), payments are due immediately following your service session unless other financial arrangements are made in advance. We only accept credit cards at this time and ask clients, patients, family members and caregivers to enter their credit card information when booking an appointment. Your card will not be charged as part of the booking process. If you don’t have a credit card or wish to pay another way, please contact us at admin@cancernutritioncare.com to make other arrangements. Once your session is complete, your credit card will be charged and a receipt emailed to you.

If you have a health insurance policy, your provider may cover our services. We can provide you with a “superbill”, following your session, to submit to your insurance company. A “superbill” is an invoice/receipt that contains the information required by Medicare, Medicaid, and private insurance companies.

Please keep in mind that our services may not be covered by your particular insurance plan or Medicare/Medicaid. Being referred to CNC by another physician does not guarantee that your insurance will cover our services. Please remember that you are fully responsible for all charges incurred at CNC. We strongly encourage you to contact your insurance company to confirm if they will cover services related to nutrition counseling and Medical Nutrition Therapy.

Is there a specific diet recommended for those with cancer?

With cancer, one type of diet never fits all so the quick answer would have to be…no. In practice there are many elements that factor into oncology nutrition recommendations. Variables like cancer type and progression, treatment regimens, and side effects all need to be considered. CNC Oncology Dietitians work with patients to understand their individual needs and then, accordingly, personalize a diet plan and course of action.

I’m already a healthy eater, will a consult with an oncology dietitian benefit me?

If you are uncertain if you need a consult at this time, take the CNC Critical Nutrition Screening and see how you score. You can also test your “healthy eater” aptitude with the CNC Quality of Diet Screen. The Critical Nutrition Screen is validated for oncology patients and the Quality of Diet Screen is based on the Healthy Eating Index, which measures diet quality against the key recommendations of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

Cancer runs in my family. Can CNC Dietitian’s help me with cancer prevention?
Yes, our board certified Oncology Dietitians are well versed in preventive nutrition, especially relating to cancer prevention.
Do you do telephone consults if I don’t have a computer or device to use video?
Absolutely! Our dietitians would be happy to speak with you on the phone for your consult.
Do you take insurance?
At this time CNC does not take insurance. We are set up to generate “superbills” however. These invoices are formatted in a way consistent with what insurance companies are looking for. A superbill receipt for our services can be sent to you so you can submit a claim to your insurance provider.
Do you do business in my state?

Maybe. The dietetics industry is regulated and about half of the states require RDN’s be licensed to practice. With that said, the other half of states allow out-of-state dietitians to practice. Please email us at admin@cancernutritioncare.com and let us know what state you’re located in. CNC fully respects each state’s laws for licensure in regard to providing medical nutrition therapy and other forms of nutritional counseling & coaching.