Karen Sudders, MS, RD, LDN, CSO
Clinical Oncology Dietitian
Eastern Regional Medical Center
"My overall goal for patients is to help them maintain positive quality of life as they undergo cancer treatment. I help patients make appropriate dietary choices and maintain nutritional balance, as well as manage symptoms and side effects of treatment."
- Karen Sudders, MS, RD, LDN, CSO
- MS, Food & Nutrition - Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, PA
- BS, Food & Nutrition - Indiana University of Pennsylvania
- Dietetic Internship - Indiana University of Pennsylvania
- Registered & Licensed Dietitian
- Certified Specialist in Oncology Nutrition
Practicing Since: 2007
In October 2009, registered and licensed dietitian Karen Sudders joined the team of clinical oncology dietitians/nutritionists at Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) at Eastern Regional Medical Center. She wanted to be part of an establishment where the number one concern was the care of patients. That’s precisely what she found at CTCA.
“CTCA is a placed filled with love and hope,” says Sudders. “Walking through the door every morning, I know I am making a difference. Whether it is making meal plans, managing tube feedings or simply just holding someone’s hand.”
Sudders, who is board certified in oncology nutrition, provides personalized nutrition consultations and recommendations to patients. She works alongside Dr. Shayma Kazmi, a medical oncologist and hematologist, as well as a naturopathic oncology provider, care manager and registered nurse.
As Sudders notes, “Appropriate nutritional balance during cancer treatment is correlated with not only positive quality of life, but also minimizing treatment side effects.”
She helps patients maintain a healthy weight during treatment by providing dietary guidance through menu planning, tips on controlling treatment side effects such as nausea and vomiting and overall diet education. When necessary, Sudders also provides alternative nutrition therapy through means of enteral and parenteral support.
A Philadelphia native, Sudders grew up a few blocks away from the hospital. She attended Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where she earned both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in food and nutrition. She also completed a dietetic internship through the university.
Although Sudders’ background is primarily clinical, her interests include weight management, wellness and sports nutrition, which is reflected in her personal interests as a novice runner and an avid cook and baker. Sudders believes balance through nutrition and physical activity is the key to health and well-being.