Nutrition is an essential part of a cancer patient's treatment.  Registered Dietitians help you with making sure your body has everything it needs during your cancer journey to stay as healthy, strong & hydrated as possible.

With good nutrition, the body is better able to tolerate and recover from radiation treatments. A well nourished body & mind are invaluable & this will assist you in getting through your radiation treatment as strong as possible.

Services Provided in the Duke Cancer Center:

  • Provide information on managing some of the side effects of cancer treatment.

  • Help with making sure you are eating optimally throughout your treatments and after your treatment is completed.  There is a large amount of nutrition information available on the internet, through books, and in the news.

  • Help you to understand and apply nutrition that works best for you, your diagnosis, and your life.

You can schedule an appointment to meet with a Registered Dietitian that specializes in the nutrition care routinely seen with your type of caner but have individual needs as related to cancer treatment. Your Radiation Oncologist or primary care nurse can refer a patient to their personal Registered Dietitian.  An appointment to meet with a disease specific Dietitian is scheduled through the Radiation Oncology Scheduling HUB.


Patricia Wilkes, MS, RD, LDN
Pager: 970-1511
Phone: 613-3688


Breast, GYN, Endocrine

Pager: 970-6234
Phone: 668-2290


GI, GU, HOA/Lymphoma, Sarcoma

Alani Casey, RD, LDN
Pager: 970-2400
Phone: 613-6379


Head/Neck, Thoracic, Brain, Melanoma