April Update 
A bi-monthly e-mail from
the ON DPG Executive Board.

Calling for Symposium Session Submissions

The next Biennial Oncology Nutrition DPG Symposium will be held April 13-15, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota!

Would you like to present at the Symposium?
  We want to hear from you! 
The Planning Committee is looking for innovative presentations that highlight what is new in oncology nutrition for one open session.   

Complete the application and return to Heather Bell-Temin at by May 1, 2017.

ON DPG Needs you! Seeking Newsletter Editors

Do you have experience with writing and/or editing peer-reviewed work? Do you have some extra time on your hands and want to get more involved with your DPG?

We are seeking editors – both lead and associate - for our newsletter, the Oncology Nutrition Connection. These positions are compensated and the desired start date is no later than June 1, 2017.

To apply, please send your resume or CV, 2-3 references and a letter of interest or any questions about the positions to

Patient Resources on our Website

Did you know that the ONDPG website has recipes for your patients? Like this one for okra soup that soothes painful swallowing. It was very popular on the listserve!

Submitted by Linda Schiano Chio MS, RD, CSO, CDN on behalf of ON DPG
Serving Size: 1 cup
Serves: 4 

1-2 cups cooked orzo or fine pasta  
1 Pound of okra
2 Large chicken or vegetable bouillon cubes
4 Quarts of water


1. Wash the okra and cut the two ends off.  For stronger, more gelatinous soup, slice the okra into smaller pieces.
2. Add chopped okra to pot; add 4 quarts of water and chicken or vegetable bouillon and bring to a boil. Simmer for one hour.
3. After boiling, remove all okra to avoid small seeds
4. Add orzo or any fine pasta 

Calories 67-95     
Fat (g) 0.5
Carbohydrate (g) 17-25  
Protein (g) 3.5-5      
Sodium (mg) 483

Check out all the recipes here!

ON DPG Small Research Grant Award

For a third year, the ON DPG has awarded a small research grant of $2,500 to support the work of ON DPG members conducting studies in the field of oncology nutrition. The research awards committee evaluated several competitive research proposals and would like to congratulate the winners of the 2016-17 ON DPG small research award, Dr. Anna Arthur and Sylvia Crowder MS, RDN.  Their research is titled “Improving dietary patterns in head and neck cancer survivors to optimize disease outcomes and supportive care: a pilot/feasibility intervention study”.  We can’t wait to see the results of this important work!  
If you’re interested in applying for the 2017-18 ON DPG Small Research Grant, please visit the ON DPG website for information regarding the grant guidelines, the application, a list of FAQ and the scoring rubric

ON DPG Reimbursement Representative

Do you have an interest in reimbursement for oncology nutrition?  If the answer to this question is yes, then the ON DPG has the perfect position for you!  The position would require about four hours per month (or more depending on ON DPG member needs). 
The Reimbursement Representative plays an integral role serving as a resource to other members within the DPG to answer questions about coding and coverage and to connect with their affiliate reimbursement representative to support advocacy work for MNT services. 

If you are interested or would like more information about the position please feel free to contact Heidi Ganzer at