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Fruits and vegetables

Good nutrition is an essential part of cancer treatment and survivorship. Eating well can help you keep up your strength and energy, and eating a diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables has been linked with reduced risk of certain cancers. Wilmot Cancer Institute offers:

  • Nutrition consultations for adult cancer patients and survivors
  • A free, monthly Cooking for Wellness class
  • Chef demonstrations focused on a plant-based diet
  • Additional resources for learning about nutrition and cancer

Nutrition consultations

Wilmot Cancer Institute has registered dietitians who are board-certified in oncology nutrition and who provide counseling and other advice to adult cancer patients on how to eat well before, during and after treatment. Nutrition therapy can help you:

  • Maintain a healthy weight.
  • Prevent or reverse nutrient deficiencies.
  • Improve tolerance of treatments.
  • Minimize treatment-related side effects.
  • Maintain strength and energy.
  • Protect immune function and decreasing the risk of infection.
  • Reduce your risk of recurrent or additional cancers or other conditions including heart disease, diabetes and hypertension.

Any Wilmot Cancer Institute patient can arrange for a nutrition consultation:

  • Request an appointment through MyChart.
  • Call to schedule an appointment at either Pluta Cancer Center (585-486-0600) or Wilmot Cancer Center (585-275-5823).

Cooking for Wellness

In this monthly cooking class, patients and caregivers prepare and taste flavorful recipes featuring seasonal fruits and vegetables, whole grains and plant-based proteins. The class is led by Sue Czap, M.S., R.D., and Joanna Lipp, M.S., R.D., who are board-certified specialists in oncology nutrition at Wilmot Cancer Institute.  It is a collaboration of Wilmot Cancer Institute, Gilda’s Club Rochester and the Pluta Cancer Center Foundation.

Classes alternate each month between a lunchtime session from noon to 2 p.m. and a dinnertime session from 5 to 7 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month at Gilda’s Club, 255 Alexander St., Rochester. Registration is required. To register, call (585) 486-0630 or email

If you have questions about the program, contact Sue Czap, M.S., R.D., at (585) 486-0654.

Chef Demonstrations

Four times a year, Wilmot hosts a guest chef who prepares a plant-based menu of delicious foods to taste and learn from. These demonstrations are held at Gilda's Club Rochester in conjunction with the Pluta Cancer Center Foundation. To learn more, contact the Integrative Oncology Center at 585-486-0630 or

Additional resources

  • The University of Rochester Medical Center’s Edward G. Miner Library has resources available for patients and families who would like to learn more about their conditions and treatments. For more information: Contact a reference librarian at (585) 275-2487, or you can email library liaison Daniel Castillo at You can also click the Ask A Librarian button in MyChart.
  • The National Cancer Institute provides good information about the effects of cancer treatment on nutrition and the importance of nutrition for cancer survivors.
  • The American Institute for Cancer Research focuses on the importance of lifestyle — including nutrition — in reducing cancer risk. In addition to information about prevention, AICR’s site offers many healthy recipes.
  • Find more resources about cancer and nutrition as well as popular places to find healthy recipes in this list of cancer nutrition resources from our registered dietitians.