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Release Date: 03/21/2017

Diet is an important part of cancer treatment, as nutrition plays an important role in the care and management of those who have been newly diagnosed with cancer, those currently in treatment, and those who are in remission and trying to prevent recurrence. Having guidance from a qualified professional can help patients best optimize their nutrition to maintain their strength and energy during treatment and to improve their overall health after treatment.

Lauren Talbert, RD, CSO, LDN, a registered dietitian in the Program in Women’s Oncology at Women & Infants Hospital, a Care New England hospital, has recently achieved board certification as a specialist in oncology nutrition from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, formerly the American Diabetic Association. Talbert is one of only three such certified nutritionists in Rhode Island. Working with patients in both the Program in Women’s Oncology and its Breast Health Center, Talbert offers individualized counseling based on each patient’s lifestyle, food preferences and nutritional goals.

Talbert has a bachelor of science degree in both dietetics and food and nutritional science from the University of Vermont. She completed her dietetic internship at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.

According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, in order to become certified, a registered dietitian must successfully meet rigorous specialty practice requirements and pass a nationally administered examination.  

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About Women & Infants Hospital

Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island, a Care New England hospital, is one of the nation’s leading specialty hospitals for women and newborns. A major teaching affiliate of The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University for obstetrics, gynecology and newborn pediatrics, as well as a number of specialized programs in women’s medicine, Women & Infants is the 9th largest stand-alone obstetrical service in the country and the largest in New England with approximately 8,500 deliveries per year. A Designated Baby-Friendly® USA hospital, U.S.News & World Report 2014-15 Best Children’s Hospital in Neonatology and a 2014 Leapfrog Top Hospital, in 2009 Women & Infants opened what was at the time the country’s largest, single-family room neonatal intensive care unit.

Women & Infants and Brown offer fellowship programs in gynecologic oncology, maternal-fetal medicine, urogynecology and reconstructive pelvic surgery, neonatal-perinatal medicine, pediatric and perinatal pathology, gynecologic pathology and cytopathology, and reproductive endocrinology and infertility. It is home to the nation’s first mother-baby perinatal psychiatric partial hospital, as well as the nation’s only fellowship program in obstetric medicine.

Women & Infants has been designated as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiography; a Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology; a Center of Biomedical Research Excellence by the National Institutes of Health (NIH); and a Neonatal Resource Services Center of Excellence. It is one of the largest and most prestigious research facilities in high risk and normal obstetrics, gynecology and newborn pediatrics in the nation, and is a member of the National Cancer Institute’s Gynecologic Oncology Group and the Pelvic Floor Disorders Network.
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