Navigate the Cancer Diet Maze


with Chef Laura Pole, RN, MSN

- Thursday, December 3, 6:30-8:30pm

Diet advice in the midst of cancer can be confusing. Spend an evening with Dr. Jeff White, Director of NIH's Office of Cancer Complementary and Alternative Medicine and health supportive Chef Laura Pole to learn about some diets that are often recommended to or used by cancer patients. We will conclude with a cooking demo and sampling tasty, healthy snacks.

*Please Note: Every individual’s needs are unique. We aim to offer a variety of health-promoting options for each individual to consider, but do not prescribe the specific dietary content of any program for anyone. 

Our programs are open to the community, and tailored to meet the needs of people affected by cancer. Classes and workshops are free or low cost on a pay-as-you-can basis, ensuring that our programs are accessible to everyone.

Suggested donation: $10

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Laura Pole, Chefnurcian at Smith Center for Healing & the Arts
About Laura Pole
Laura Pole, RN, MSN,
 comes with a diverse educational background including a Masters degree in nursing, chef certification and professional music training. For over 20 years, she has been merging her careers as a health supportive chef, professional musician, oncology clinical nurse specialist, and a palliative care educator. Laura serves Smith Center in several ways: Director of Nourishment Education Programs, Director of Professional Trainings in Culinary Translation and Co-Creator/Coordinator of Patient Navigation Trainings. Laura is also on faculty for the nationally acclaimed Cancer Fighting Kitchen workshops.

About Jeff Whilte, M.D., Director, Office of Cancer Complementary and Alternative Medicine, National Cancer Institute

Dr. White graduated from Cornell with a B.S. in 1979 and received an M.D. from Howard University in 1984.  He completed a residency in Internal Medicine in 1987 and fellowships in oncology and hematology in 1990 at The Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.C.  Dr. White joined the Metabolism Branch of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) in 1990 where he served in various positions culminating as Director of the Clinical Trials and Clinical Care Program.  While in the Metabolism Branch, he performed laboratory-based immunology research as well as clinical trials of monoclonal antibody approaches to cancer treatment.  Dr. White also served as an oncology consultant to the Director of the NIH’s Office of Alternative Medicine and in October 1998 was chosen as the director of a new office in the NCI titled the Office of Cancer Complementary and Alternative Medicine.  This office seeks to promote and support research in the various disciplines and modalities associated with the field of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) as they relate to the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of cancer.

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