Oncology Nutrition Programs & Service

Illinois CancerCare’s Oncology Registered Dietitian is available to work one-on-one with patients and their oncology team. Together with the patient, a nutrition plan will be developed to support healing and help improve quality of life during cancer treatments and beyond.

We offer nutrition services at no cost to all Illinois CancerCare patients with a cancer diagnosis and their caregivers.

Work with us to help maintain energy and strength during treatment. We’ll also help manage nutrition-related side effects such as:

  • Poor Appetite
  • Dry Mouth/Sore Mouth/Thick Saliva
  • Nausea/Vomiting
  • Weight Loss/ Weight Gain
  • Nutrition After Treatment
  • Diarrhea/ Constipation
  • Taste Changes
  • Preparing for Surgery or Radiation
  • Tube Feeding Management

For more information, please contact our Registered Dietitian Karen Bevers, RDN, CSO, LDN at 309-243-3464 or kbevers@illinoiscancercare.com

Dietitian sessions are by appointment and offered in person at the Peoria clinic, online in a virtual meeting room or by phone.

Lunch with Karen | Nutrition & Cancer

Attend one of our interactive lunches and learn about the role of nutrition in both cancer prevention and survivorship.

Sessions will take place at the Peoria Clinic classroom and virtually through Microsoft Teams. If attending in person, a complimentary nutritious boxed lunch is included. Seminars are led by registered dietitian Karen Bevers, who is Board Certified in Oncology Nutrition specializing in nutrition for cancer patients and survivors.

  • Thursday, June 27th | 12:00-1:00pm
    Where to Begin? Creating a Balanced Plate
  • Thursday, July 25th | 12:00-1:00pm
    Fiber Fundamentals
  • Thursday, August 22nd | 12:00-1:00pm
    Protein Power
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What is your background?

I graduated from the University of Southern Indiana with a Bachelor of Science degree in Dietetics. I then moved to Peoria to complete my dietetic internship at OSF St. Francis Medical Center. Prior to starting this role, I worked as an inpatient clinical dietitian. I am Board Certified in Oncology Nutrition which means I specialize in nutrition for cancer patients.

What do you enjoy about dietetics in general?

I’m passionate about educating on simple diet changes that can make a big impact on overall health. As a dietitian, I get to combine my love for food and helping others.

“A cancer diagnosis can be overwhelming, and you may feel that many things are out of your control right now. Think of nutrition as a component of your treatment and take control of your disease by nourishing your body during this challenging time.”



Nutrition services are provided on site at Illinois CancerCare: 8940 N. Wood Sage Road I Peoria, IL as well as virtually over the phone.