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The BDA Oncology Specialist Group started out as an interest group in 1988, formed by a group of dietitians working with patients diagnosed with cancer. In 1998 the interest group became a BDA specialist group.

Membership of the group is on an individual basis and there are over 600 members, annually. Members receive a whole host of benefits including the opportunity to attend an expert-led study day held once a year.

The Oncology Group has five sub groups (below) and members are able to join these sub groups with no additional charge to their annual subscription. Sub groups have their own resources, events, newsletters and/or forums for sharing information and best practice.

  1. Palliative Care
  2. Upper Gastrointestinal
  3. Head & Neck
  4. Haematology
  5. Prehabilitation

The Oncology Group is often approached to comment on national documents or to get involved in projects such as the National Cancer Rehabilitation Pathways so members may get an opportunity to contribute to these national initiatives.

Contributions from members for our newsletters are always welcome, alongside suggestions for topics for future study days and webinars. We want to ensure that the content we provide is as valuable to our members as possible.


  • To provide a network for dietitians working in oncology through both the main group and specialist subgroups.
  • To influence national policy and guidance with respect to nutrition and cancer.
  • To provide an environment for dietitians and other health care professionals to learn about nutrition and cancer through study days, webinars and newsletters.
  • To provide advice to charities and other organisations with respect to nutrition and cancer.
  • Help facilitate research and audit amongst members of the group.
  • Support the development of materials on nutrition and cancer such as newsletters, standards, guidance or patient information.