CSO – Personal Advocacy



Today was filled with discovery! I learned that the person I saw needed CSO next to their name to be of any value to me.  The acronym stands for Certified Specialist in Oncology Nutrition.  The person had RD, LD, CDE and MS, but no CSO.  I am so frustrated I want to cry.

How was I supposed to know this?  Why was I sent to someone who wasn’t trained to treat patients with cancer?  None of this makes any sense.

What was the value of seeing this registered dietitian?  When I asked her questions she became visibly irritated.  She would turn away to enter something into her computer, a moment later she would leave the room and return with some paper.  Then she would read to me verbatim from the print off.  If I asked her another question she would get irritated, turn around and repeat the process.

After leaving her office I researched her credentials to see if she was the right person for the job.  The answer was quickly answered with a no.  If she were she would have been certified through the Commission on Dietetic Registration.  A certification that requires an RD to be registered with them for 2 years and have 2,000 oncology specialty hours.

After a bit more research I found a website that steered me in the right direction. I was only able to find one Registered Dietitian with CSO.  If you would like to use the site that I used, feel to follow this link to the NPIdb website.  I left a message with the RD and will look forward to possibly seeing someone who is skilled at working with patients with cancer.

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