LEWISTON – “Nutrition and Cancer” will be the topic of a program on Wednesday, Dec. 7, at a meeting of the Central Maine Medical Center Cancer Wellness and Support Group.

Registered dietitian Jill Young will discuss the nutritional needs of those living with cancer, including those undergoing treatment. Her presentation will include menu ideas and food suggestions. There will be time for questions.

The presentation is jointly sponsored by the Central Maine Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Wellness for Life Program and the Lance Armstrong Foundation.

Young is registered by the American Dietetic Association and licensed to practice in Maine. She maintains a private practice in Auburn and is also working on a part-time basis with the Central Maine Comprehensive Cancer Center. Her work is supported by a grant from the Lance Armstrong Foundation.

With more than 20 years of experience in nutrition, Young has an extensive background in oncology nutrition. She worked for a number of years as an oncology nutritionist in the Washington, D.C., area before returning to Maine. She also worked with cancer patients at the Togus Veterans Hospital.

For the past nine years Young has maintained a private practice in Auburn and Augusta, working with patients with a variety of diagnoses and issues, including diabetes, weight management, eating disorders and nutrition counseling for people who have had weight loss surgery.

The program will be offered from 1:30 to 3 p.m. in the conference room at the Cynthia A. Rydholm Cancer Treatment Center.

The free Cancer Wellness and Support Group is open to people living with cancer, as well as their spouses/partners, family members and caregivers. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, call Trisha Warren-Van Horn at 795-2692.

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