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  • Oncology dietitians rarely ask cancer patients about food insecurity, study finds

    Photo of researchers Anna Arthur, Amirah Burton Obanla and Brenda Koester

    Although food insecurity affects a significant number of cancer survivors, few oncology dietitians interviewed by researchers at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign indicated that they routinely screen their patients for it. Co-authors of the study, from left, Anna Arthur, then-professor of food science and human nutrition; graduate student and first author Amirah Burton Obanla; and Brenda Koester, associate director of the Family Resiliency Center.

    Photo by L. Brian Stauffer


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  • Editor’s Note: To reach Amirah Burton-Obanla, email

    To reach Brenda Koester, call 217-244-6486; email

    The paper “Oncology registered dietitian nutritionists’ knowledge, attitudes and practices related to food insecurity among cancer survivors: A qualitative study” is available from the News Bureau.