Registered Dietitians in Oncology Nutrition
All of the dietitians at Minnesota Oncology are Board Certified in Oncology Nutrition. The Oncology Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group has worked together with the Commission on Dietetic Registration to create a Board Certification credential (CSO) for Registered Dietitians in Oncology Nutrition. The first exam was given in 2008. CSO stands for Board Certified Specialist in Oncology Nutrition. A recommended minimum of two years of clinical practice with documentation of 2,000 hours of practice experience in the oncology care setting is required. The Minnesota Oncology dietitian team makes up three of 11 CSOs in the state of Minnesota.
How a Registered Dietitian Can Help
Optimizing your nutrition status before, during, and after cancer treatment can be a positive way to take control of your well-being. The goals of nutrition therapy include individualized meal planning and symptom management. Working with a Registered Dietitian in Oncology Nutrition can help you:
- Maintain energy and strength
- Maintain weight and muscle mass
- Support immune function and reduce risk of infection
- Reduce unplanned treatment breaks
- Recuperate faster between and after treatment
- Tolerate your treatment better
- Enjoy a better quality of life
Talk to your care team or contact your clinic to schedule an appointment with a Minnesota Oncology dietitian.
Minnesota Oncology dietitians offer virtual appointments. Learn more about telemedicine at Minnesota Oncology here.
Minnesota Oncology Dietitian Team
Sarah Barts, MA, RD, CSO, LD
Sarah has been practicing as a registered dietitian since 2000, is certified in weight management, and has practiced with oncology patients since 2012. She loves to cook, has studied how foods can be used as medicine, and brings to Minnesota Oncology her expertise in whole foods nutrition as it relates to the prevention and treatment of cancer. Believing that eating is nourishing to the body as well as the mind, Sarah strives to help patients find creative ways to modify meals to become more enjoyable. Sarah works primarily with Minnesota Oncology patients being cared for at the Woodbury, Saint Paul, and Maplewood Clinics.
Angela Stephens, RD, CSO, LD
Angela has worked in the field of nutrition since 2005 and became a registered dietitian in 2008. Her goal is to promote positive clinical outcomes by developing nutrition regimens that prevent and lessen the short- and long-term side effects of therapy.
“I believe that nutrition plays a vital role in helping our patients complete treatment and prevent recurrence of disease. I want all of my patients to find enjoyment in their food and use it to their advantage to beat cancer.”
Angela serves patients at our Burnsville, Edina and Minneapolis clinic locations.
Tracie Swearingen, RD, CSO, LD
Tracie has been a Registered Dietitian since 1999 and has worked specifically with outpatient cancer patients since 2005.
As an oncology dietitian her goal is to provide compassionate care and empathy to those dealing with a cancer diagnosis.
“I want to prevent or decrease a patient’s symptoms caused by treatment or diagnosis. Helping to maintain our patients’ quality of life is very important to me. My role as an oncology dietitian focuses not only on good nutrition during cancer treatment, but also cancer prevention and survivorship.”
Tracie serves patients primarily in the Coon Rapids and Fridley clinics.