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Nutrition and the Aging Brain in Cancer Care: RN and Allied Health Lecture
Melissa Walter, MPH, RDN, LDN
Department of Nutrition,
UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Nutrition and the Aging Brain in Cancer Care

Our brains change as we age. These alterations become more complicated when a patient undergoes radiation therapy and/or chemotherapy for cancer. Melissa Walter will guide us in how we can support brain health while managing nutrition-related complications of treatment.

Learning Objectives:
• Identify critical elements of a diet that provides support for age-related changes in brain function and cognition.
• Describe brain and neurological changes that occur as a result of chemotherapy and radiation treatments in cancer care.
• Discuss ways to provide basic nutrition support and to make dietitian referrals to lessen cognitive and neurological impacts of chemotherapy and radiation.

Please note that all objectives are fine for pharmacists, but only objective 1 would apply to techs.

Dec 11, 2019 12:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Melissa Walter, MPH, RDN, LDN
Program Specialist, PRISM Technical Director, Department of Nutrition @UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health
Melissa Walter is currently providing program support for the Dept of Nutrition, both teaching/speaking to community groups about nutrition and providing technical support for the department's dietetic internship software as it is sold to other institutions. Melissa has two degrees in nutrition, spent time on some local farms, nourishes old friendships through intimate and sometimes emotional meals shared, and forges new friendships through nutritious and delicious food adventures. It's pretty safe to say that she is obsessed with food--how it grows and feels and tastes, as well as how it works in our bodies.