After spending 20 years working in the field, Dr Nicole Kiss is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to oncology nutrition. In this podcast, we chat to Nicole about how she found her niche and why she’s so passionate about helping people make it through their biggest challenge yet. We delve into her work in cancer-related malnutrition and sarcopenia, discuss where the current gaps lie in the literature and explore some of the most common cancer-related nutrition issues. Plus, Nicole details her experiences transitioning from clinical dietetics into the world of research and shares her thoughts on how the nutritional management of oncology patients has changed for the better over time.


Dr Nicole Kiss is an Advanced Accredited Practising Dietitian with over 20 years’ experience in nutrition and cancer within clinical, research and health service management positions. Nicole’s research interests include interventions to optimise nutritional and functional outcomes during and after cancer therapy with a particular focus on body composition. She is co-lead of the Exercise and Nutrition for Cancer research group within the Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition, council member of the Clinical Oncology Society of Australia (COSA) and Chair of the COSA Nutrition Group.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • How and why Nicole got into oncology nutrition
  • Her current and upcoming research projects
  • The challenges in oncology research
  • The main nutritional issues in cancer patients
  • The importance of working with the broader team
  • The challenges in the nutritional management of dysgeusia

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