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Cancer Nutrition

Nutrition during treatment

The primary nutrition goal during treatment is to make sure your diet supports you enough to make sure you’re in good shape for your next treatment.

Eating normally can be difficult when you’re receiving a course of treatment, and your digestion may be affected. I will guide and advise you and may recommend diet modification and food supplements as appropriate.

Nutrition after treatment

Following treatment, a healthy diet and increased physical activity are important to feeling well and boosting energy. Maintaining a healthy body weight, and taking a cancer prevention approach to eating, may support your medical treatment, and reduce the risk of recurrence.

Reducing the risk of cancer

The link between diet and cancer is complex because our diet is made up of lots of different foods and nutrients. Most of these affect our risk of cancer, often in combination with one another.

On top of that, the genes you inherit also affect the way diet influences your cancer risk.

Scientists need to conduct very large studies to see which specific foods protect us from cancer, and which cause it. Many of these studies are underway, and their results are already providing us with firmer answers.

However, we already know about the general types of food that can help to keep us healthy. We know too that a balanced diet helps maintain a healthy body weight. And that in itself can reduce the risk of many cancers.

In fact, keeping a healthy body weight is one of the best ways to help reduce your risk of cancer. In fact, experts

believe around a third of all cancer deaths are caused by unhealthy diets, inactivity, and obesity.

Diet also influences the risk of many cancers, including bowel, stomach, mouth, food-pipe(oesophagus), prostate, ovarian, pancreatic and breast.

So changing your diet and adopting a healthy eating lifestyle will reduce your risk of cancer, and I can help you do that. I was the author of the first booklet written by the World Cancer Research Fund called ‘Eating well and being active after you have had treatment for cancer”. This followed the organisation’s publication of the first dietary recommendations for cancer survivors in 2007. The evidence supporting these guidelines have since had many updates, and new research findings are published regularly. The UK World Cancer Research Fund also posts lots of helpful resources and tip sheets on diet and exercise to help prevent cancer

www.wcrf.org.uk

There are often stories in the media about specific diets, foods or nutrients that are supposed to increase or decrease the risk of cancer. However, it’s unlikely that specific ‘superfoods’ will directly affect the risk of cancer on their own. If you are reconsidering making changes to your diet or taking any supplements, then it is crucial to get expert advice and guidance from your medical team or a qualified cancer Dietitian.