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Nutrition priorities may change throughout cancer treatment and recovery, and figuring out the best foods and beverages to consume can be difficult. At Inova Schar Cancer Institute, we understand how nutrition contributes to your overall wellness and survival success.

Using evidenced-based research, our registered dietitians can help you modify your diet to support you before, during and after cancer treatment.

Common areas of nutrition recommendations during cancer treatment and recovery include:

  • Managing treatment-related side effects
  • Weight management
  • Vitamins, minerals, and nutrition supplements
  • Nutrition support (tube feedings, IV nutrition)
  • Survivorship recommendations to help reduce risk of cancer recurrence

Our experts can also help with the following concerns:

  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea
  • Irregular bowel movements
  • Weight loss/gain
  • Taste changes

What Can I Expect from a Nutrition Appointment?

Our expert team is educated and trained to provide Medical Nutrition Therapy, which includes a comprehensive assessment of your current nutrition status, followed by individual nutrition recommendations. To support your overall health and well-being we also factor any medical conditions, treatments, medications, and laboratory results into your nutrition plan.

Meet Our Team

Caitlin Benda, MBA, MS, RDN, CSO

Caitlin Benda, MBA, MS, RDN, CSO

Inova Schar Cancer Institute – Alexandria
Radiation Oncology Department

4320 Seminary Rd.
Alexandria, VA 22034
Appointments: Monday – Wednesday
Call 703-504-7923 or email caitlin.benda@inova.org

Potomac Radiation Oncology Center
2280 Opitz Blvd., Suite 120
Woodbridge, VA 22191
Appointments: Thursday

Lauren Fay, RD, CSO, CNSC

Lauren Fay, RD, CSO, CNSC

Inova Schar Cancer Institute - Fairfax and Life with Cancer® 
8411 Pennell St.
Fairfax, VA 22031
Appointments: Monday - Friday
Call 703-206-5433 or email lauren.fay@inova.org

Taylor Horne, RD

Taylor Horne, RD

Inova Schar Cancer Institute
Fairfax Radiation Oncology Department

8081 Innovation Park Dr. 
Fairfax, VA 22031
Appointments: Tuesday - Thursday
Call 703-776-6412 or email taylor.horne@inova.org

Sara Negron, MS, RD, CSO

Sara Negron, MS, RD, CSO

Inova Schar Cancer Institute – Fair Oaks
Radiation Oncology and Infusion Departments

3580 Joseph Siewick Dr.
Fairfax, VA 22033
Appointments: Monday - Friday
Call 703-391-4284 or email sara.negron@inova.org