Surviving Cancer: How Dietitians Navigate Their Own Recovery

canstockphoto0951598If you’ve gone through cancer treatment, perhaps you worked with a Registered Dietitian (RD) and an exercise specialist for exercise and general eating concerns. Healthful eating, along with being physically active, during treatment can help you keep up your energy level and recover more quickly.

However, side effects like fatigue, nausea and changes in taste can make those healthy habits challenging.

Although RDs don’t need personal experience with cancer treatment to help patients, as we marked Cancer Survivor Day on June 2, I wondered how RDs managed their own cancer treatment. What advice did they follow and what worked well for them?

I asked three RDs to share how they managed eating and physical activity through their own cancer treatment and recovery. Here are their words of wisdom: Continue reading


Hot Dogs and Burgers May Increase Early Colorectal Cancer Development

When you get a colonoscopy, one thing the test looks for is adenomas, a type of polyp that is a benign growth. Not everyone who has adenomas develops cancer but in some cases, adenomas can become cancerous.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAResearch already shows that eating lots of red and processed meats increases the risk for colon cancer, now a review of the research suggests that they may also increase the risk of adenomas.The study was published this week in Cancer Causes Control. It was funded by the World Cancer Research Fund as part of AICR/WCRF’s Continuous Update Project (CUP), an ongoing review of cancer prevention research.

For the analysis, the authors looked at 26 population studies. Nineteen of the studies were case-control, where participants with and without colorectal adenomas recalled their past diet; the rest of the studies were prospective, where researchers first asked about the participants’ diet then the people were followed over time to see who developed colorectal adenomas. Continue reading


Sliders Go Greek

Great for a party, this week’s Health-e-Recipe for Greek Turkey Sliders offers more than just mini-burgers.

We’ve moistened lean ground turkey, a healthy substitute for red meat, with a lemony marinade made with garlic, oregano and olive oil – classic Greek flavors. Adding spinach and feta cheese into the burgers themselves keeps the Greek theme going.

Along with the garlic and spinach, red onion and tomato add cancer protection. With cucumber and lettuce, you’ve got high water and fiber content from veggies. The contrast of hot burgers and cool veggies in one bite make for a super summer treat.

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