Tracey Birnhak Nutritional Counseling Program


Edith Christmas

Nutrition counseling by Registered Dietitians is available for all patients being treated for cancer at the Abramson Cancer Center. Our dietitians specialize in cancer nutrition and provide information based on sound nutritional therapies. We offer classes and workshops as well as individual advice. We also have a variety of education sheets to help.

Throughout treatment, a well-balanced nutrition plan can improve tolerance and response to therapy and promote recovery.

To make an appointment with the Cancer Center's Nutritional Counseling Program, call 215-615-0534.

Survivor Stories

Tanya Zekovitch

By the age of seven, Tanya Zekovitch already understood what it was like to be a cancer patient after being treated for Ewing's Sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer. So when she was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia in the summer of 2000, when she was still only in her early 20's, she felt lucky to find that Penn's Abramson Cancer Center offered patient support specialits and counselors to help patients cope with their diagnosis, not only to navigate the medical system, but also to address their emotional needs. Having benefited from counseling services when she was treated as a child, Tanya found Mindy Weismer, a Patient Service Coordinator, and they quickly developed a close relationship.




Clinical Trials

Clinical trials are studies to find new ways to prevent, detect and treat cancer. The purpose of each clinical trial is to answer a specific question. Our physicians carefully design these studies to find new ways to improve care and quality of life ... more about clinical trials