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21st Annual Fall Cancer Conference: Food as Medicine

October 20, 2023 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Conference Format

This conference is being held in-person at Monona Terrace, One John Nolen Drive, Madison, Wisconsin.

This event will be held in-person only. There is not a hybrid option for this event, and the conference will not be recorded for use after the program.

Conference Description

Food as medicine, also known as “food is medicine,” sits at the crossroads of nutrition and healthcare.

The “food as medicine” approach to health management challenges the construct of conventional medicine, which relies primarily on technological medical advancements to manage health and disease with pharmaceutical drugs.

Informative presentations and interactive discussions await you! Our annual Fall Cancer Conference is designed for health care professionals, as well as patients and loved ones.

Intended Audience

This activity is designed for individuals who are involved in cancer treatment and education of cancer patients and their families: oncology physicians, primary care physicians, oncology nurses, oncology nurse practitioners, clinical research associates, health educators, social workers, psychologists, dietitians, chaplains, and other interested health care professionals involved in cancer care. Patients, caregivers and community members are also encouraged to attend.

Elements of Competence

This continuing education activity has been designed to change learner competence and focuses on the American Board of Medical Specialties areas of patient care and procedural skills, interpersonal and communication skills, professionalism, and the interprofessional competency of values/ethics for interprofessional practice.

Global Learning Objectives

As a result of participation in this educational activity, members of the healthcare team will be able to:

  • Describe the prevalence of food insecurity, its impact on patients with cancer, and best practices to screen for food insecurity in the cancer care setting
  • Identify common nutrition-related treatment side effects and recommended dietary modifications
  • Relate the stress/stigma of a plus-size person going to the doctor
  • Discuss the prevalence of malnutrition among oncology patients and the impact on patient care
  • Describe the data supporting alcohol as a cancer-causing agent
  • List the benefits of tube feeding in cancer patients with poor nutrition status
  • Identify the most common nutrition myths grabbing cancer patients’ attention
  • Formulate strategies to help promote healthy lifestyle changes among patients with cancer
  • Illustrate the importance of local, culturally relevant foods as a gateway to healthier living
  • Examine the ways that trauma can impact not only our mental health, but also contribute to inflammation in the body
  • Explore the “Wisconsin EATS Healthy” vision and several food is medicine initiatives that improve nutrition security through increased access to fruits and vegetables

Conference Fees, Cancellation Policy

$175 Physicians

$125 Nurses, Physician Assistants, Clinical Research Associates, Social Workers, Dietitians, Other Health Care Professionals

$40 UW Staff, Residents, Fellows, Students

$40 Cancer Patients, Survivors, Caregivers and Family Members

The conference fee includes the cost of tuition, materials, breakfast, lunch, one break, and a nonrefundable processing fee of $25.

Requests for cancellation must be submitted in writing to [email protected]. All cancellations must be received on or before October 6, 2023, in order to receive a refund minus the $25 nonrefundable processing fee. No refunds will be made for cancellations received after October 6, 2023 (this also applies to NO SHOWS).


October 20, 2023
8:00 am - 5:00 pm


UW Carbone Cancer Center


Monona Terrace
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