Nutrition Management for Cancer Patients

Jennifer Darby, PT, DPT, GCS, CCN, CPAHA, CEEAA

Online Course

Includes all course content in digital format

Prerequisites Required
2 hours - Provided by Summit Professional Education



This course covers emerging research in the interplay between nutrition and cancer, as well as offers into the role of nutrition in three common cancers: breast, colorectal, and prostate. The course stresses advancements in the understanding of carcinogenesis, individualization of nutrition and cancer treatment, and offers an updated take on the role of nutrition during cancer prevention, treatment and survivorship. This course will provide a review of the current relevant literature about cancer and nutrition, as well provide practitioners with an understanding of the central role of nutrition in health and healing. This course provides a scientific basis for the integration of nutrition into the conventional management of cancer, and opportunities to apply information from the literature to interactive clinical scenarios.


  • Confidently speak with your cancer patients on nutrition and general nutritional recommendations set forth by the FDA
  • Enhance your cancer patient’s treatment and recovery by adding a nutritional component to your overall plan of care

Learning Objectives

  1. Compare cellular processes of anabolic and catabolic metabolism.
  2. Analyze various food sources and the role food plays in our overall health as well as disease and cancer development.
  3. Examine the evidence-based best nutrients associated with cells and cellular function regarding various types of cancer.

Course Content

Nutrition Management for Cancer Patients
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  1. Common Cancers and Recent Research and Implications in Treatment
    1. Breast cancer
    2. Colon cancer
    3. Prostate cancer
  2. Cellular Metabolism and Cancer Effects
    1. Anabolic metabolism
    2. Catabolic metabolism
  3. Food and Cancer
    1. Manufacturing and hormones
    2. Nutrients loss
    3. Nutrients involved in healthy cellular regeneration
    4. Vitamins and minerals needed for healthy cellular function
    5. Foods that feed our cells
    6. How healthy cells regenerate
  4. Implications for PT, OT, and SLP
    1. Incorporating nutrition into your treatment plan
    2. Case studies (or case examples) for PT, OT and SL

Jennifer Darby, PT, DPT, GCS, CCN, CPAHA, CEEAA is a Doctor of Physical Therapy, a certified exercise expert for the aging adult, a board-certified geriatric specialist and possesses a certification in allied health administration. Jennifer recently obtained her certification as a clinical nutritionist through the Clinical Nutrition Board. She is the owner of Trinity Physical Therapy in Brewster, NY, an adjunct faculty member at New York Medical College, and a clinical faculty educator for Summit. Jennifer has developed various community-based educational programs in the areas of nutrition and geriatrics. Jennifer obtained her BS in Physical Therapy from Northeastern University in Boston Massachusetts and her doctorate from the University of Montana.


FINANCIAL: Jennifer Darby is compensated by Summit as an instructor. She is the owner of Trinity Physical Therapy in Brewster, NY and an adjunct faculty member at New York Medical College.

NONFINANCIAL: Jennifer Darby has no nonfinancial relationships to disclose.

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