Carolyn Katzin, MS, CNS, MNT
As an integrative wellness specialist with a special focus on nutrition and physical activity I hope to inspire and inform patients and their families as they navigate cancer treatment and beyond. My goal is to provide helpful and practical suggestions that are science-based while valuing each person’s individual perspective and culture. My role is to educate patients and to empower them to participate in their health and wellness throughout the cancer continuum – during treatment and beyond. Using a patient-centered approach I begin with learning about their values, their cultural background and how food and health play a role for them. This helps me craft an individualized plan for each patient which is provided in writing at the time of their visit.
I feel blessed to have spent my childhood on a farm in Kent (the “Garden of England”) where we had fresh picked fruit and vegetables in a health oriented family. I studied culinary arts and earned an advanced diploma. I earned my Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition at University of London’s King’s College. In 1981 I attended the International Union of Nutritional Sciences (IUNS) meeting in San Diego and was inspired to move to California and follow a research career. The following summer I interned at UCLA’s School of Public Health with Roslyn Alfin Slater, PhD, Dean Emeritus and Chair of the Department of Nutritional Science. In 1983 I moved to Los Angeles to begin graduate studies with Curtis Eckhert, PhD, as my advisor. I earned a Master of Science degree in Public Health in Nutritional Science from UCLA in 1988. Our original human research focused on the role of dietary protein in the development of a well characterized form of retinal degeneration. This introduced me to the concept of personalized and preventive health and a glimpse into the future of applicable genomics. I completed my nutrition internship at Harbor-UCLA. I continue to study the literature, attend conferences and participate in the development of nutritional and exercise guidelines honing my skills in health, nutrition, wellness and cancer. In 2017, I completed a certificate in cancer genetics and genomics, a 6 part program including courses in “Understanding Cancer at the Genetic Level” and “Frontiers in Cancer Genomics” at Stanford Medicine’s Center for Professional Development in 2016. This provided a foundation for my continued fascination in cancer immunotherapy and precision nutrition.
One of the first people I saw for nutrition counseling was a participant in the original Wellness Community in Santa Monica. My practice has focused on empowering and informing cancer patients and their families for 30 years and I have had a website www.cancernutrition.com since 1997. Since then I have collaborated with UCLA Oncology faculty as well as other oncologists. I have worked with both physicians and social workers at the Lucy Curci Cancer Center, Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage from 2004-2014. I value a collaborative team approach.
I have been an active volunteer with the American Cancer Society for thirty years working with groups and communities to further healthy environments and support health and wellness. I served as a member of the American Cancer Society National Nutrition, Physical Activity and Cancer Control Committee, am past Chair of the California Division Board of Directors and currently serve as Chair of the Division Board’s Wellness Committee. I was awarded the St. George National Award by the American Cancer Society in September, 2016. I am a licensed nutritionist (CDN) in the State of New York. I was part of the workshop writing the nutrition and physical activity guidelines for patients.
I like to share my knowledge and frequently lecture to audiences of patients with cancer and their families, health professionals and lay people on various aspects of nutrition and wellness. I teach advanced practice nurses and dentists at UCLA about integrative nutrition. I love sharing my experience and stimulating interest in this important topic. During the COVID-19 year I have focused on nutrition and immunity; what really matters during this time of pandemic.
I enjoy sharing my knowledge and have written two books on nutrition, listed below.
Insights Into Cancer Lectures
Nutrition for Cancer Patients
Nutrition and Cancer: A Strategic Approach
Head and Neck Cancers: A Multidisciplinary Team for State-of-the-Science Care
Nutrition and Cancer – Emotional Eating
Nutrition and Cancer
Nutrition and Cancer – Wellness and the Immune System
Maintaining a Healthy Immune System Through Cancer Treatment and Beyond
The 3 MI’s: Vantage Points of Nutrition. What Really Matters?
Personal Interests and Perspectives
My grandparents lost their firstborn son to childhood leukemia, a condition that might have been curable with today’s knowledge. I hope that in my lifetime methods are found to prevent or manage cancer and to prevent so much suffering and loss. I value working with an integrated team and believe that in the face of cancer, one must have a whole person approach and that good nutrition and exercise are important components of an integrative approach to traditional oncologic care. I believe food is part of our medicine and that there are a range of helpful practices for the mind, body and spirit that can improve the quality of life. My goal is to help each patient find their personal balance in this process.
I love hiking in the local mountains and feeling receptive to the magnificent scenery. My pets include two dogs and two cats. I love horseback riding, skiing, and music. I am a mother and grandmother of two college student girls.
Professional Publications and Books
Brown JK, Byers T, Doyle C, Coumeya KS, Demark-Wahnefried W, Kushi LH, McTieman A, Rock CL, Aziz N, Bloch AS, Eldridge B, Hamilton K, Katzin C, Koonce A, Main J, Mobley C, Morra ME, Pierce MS, Sawyer KA; American Cancer Society. Nutritional and physical activity during and after cancer treatment: an American Cancer Society guide for informed choices. CA Cancer J Clin. 2003 Sep-Oct;53(5):268-91
Sachs, AM, Katzin, CF. The value of individual and group nutrition support for cancer patients. First International Congress on Nutrition and Cancer, Antalya, Turkey, May 19-23, 2008. Poster presentation
Katzin, CF. The Everything Cancer-Fighting Cookbook, Adams Media, 2011.
Katzin, CF. The Cancer Nutrition Center Handbook, 2019.