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Nutrition is an important part of cancer treatment. Staying well-nourished is essential for maintaining energy and strength, healing the body, and fighting infection. Our team of registered dietitians provides evidenced based, expert nutrition counseling to patients and their caregivers as an integral part of cancer care. Their guidance can help you manage side effects and optimize wellness both during and after cancer treatment. They will work with you around your diet preferences to create an eating and hydration plan based on issues you may be experiencing, including:
Our dietitians are available for consultations at our main Boston location and at Mass General Waltham.
Senior Clinical Nutritionist
Carol Sullivan is board certified as a specialist in oncology. She has been with Mass General since she began her dietetic internship in 2004, and began dedicating all of her professional time to the Mass General Cancer Center in 2008. She enjoys building relationships with her patients and their families to provide medical nutrition therapy individually tailored to the specific needs of patients who are dealing with cancer.
She has also enjoyed speaking to multiple cancer support groups including Head and Neck, Prostate and the Cancer Center Transitions program. She has also had the pleasure of speaking at the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and The New England Carcinoid Connection local chapter meeting.
She attended the University of Vermont where she received her BS in Nutrition and Dietetics in 2004. Then went on to attend the Massachusetts General Hospital dietetic internship before receiving a Master’s of Science with a concentration in Nutrition and Media Technologies at Framingham State University.
Outside of Mass General, Carol enjoys cooking and baking, running, yoga, skiing, and spending time with her husband, toddler and dog. She also spends time counseling other runners and athletes for peak performance.
Alicia is a board certified as a specialist in oncology. She is passionate about providing evidence-based, individualized nutrition recommendations to her oncology patients. Alicia loves to cook and utilizes this knowledge to help her patients find creative ways to modify their diets for their individualized nutrition and symptom management needs. She also enjoys speaking to both patients and the general public on nutrition for cancer treatment and survivorship. Alicia sees patients throughout the main campus Cancer Center in Boston, as well as at the Mass General Waltham location.
Alicia previously served as a clinical dietitian at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center. She also worked as a clinical dietitian at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, where she worked with a variety of health conditions including heart disease, diabetes, gastrointestinal disorders, and women’s health.
Alicia received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Syracuse University and her master’s degree in nutrition from Drexel University. She completed her dietetic internship at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.
Ashley Draviam is a Clinical Dietitian at the Mass General Cancer Center. She began working here in 2015, after completing her dietetic internship and nutrition training at Mass General in 2014. Ashley sees patients throughout the main campus Cancer Center, and follows pediatric patients in the Proton Center. She has been a contributor to the PartiQOL newsletter for a multi-center prostate cancer trial, and has given numerous presentations on nutrition and cancer to patients and family members.
Ashley attended Williams College and received her BA in Spanish and Psychology in 2004. She spent five years coaching elite athletes at a ski racing academy in California, before returning to Boston to complete her Masters in Nutrition Communication from Tufts University concurrently with the Didactic Program in Dietetics at Simmons College.
She spends much of her free time in the mountains and the outdoors, skiing, hiking, biking, and swimming. She loves experimenting in the kitchen, traveling the world to visit new places, and spending time with family and friends.
Eating well while undergoing cancer treatment can be challenging. While not all patients experience symptoms, common side effects such as poor appetite, nausea, vomiting, bowel irregularities, and taste changes can interfere with your ability to get the nutrition you need to feel your best and heal from treatment.
Here are some tips for making it easier to get the nutrition you need when you experience common treatment side effects.
If you are losing weight or have no appetite:
If you have nausea and/or vomiting:
If you have diarrhea:
If you have constipation:
If you have taste changes:
Our team of registered dietitians can help make a personalized nutrition plan to fit your individual needs and food preferences. We encourage you to book an appointment by calling 617-724-4000.
Patients of the Mass General Cancer Center are encouraged to book appointments with our Registered Dietitians. Appointments can be made by calling 617-724-4000.
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