Research news and views on preventing and surviving cancer
Author: Angela Hummel
Angela Hummel, MS, RD, CSO, LDN, is a consulting dietitian with AICR. She is passionate about helping people make positive diet and physical activity changes for reducing cancer risk and for healthier survivorship. She initiated and developed two oncology nutrition programs in cancer centers. Angela also uses her expertise with two AICR programs – the New American Plate Challenge, and the Nutrition hotline.
From reducing the risk of developing cancer to reducing side effects from cancer treatment, research shows the benefits of exercise across the cancer continuum. Even after completion of treatment, exercise can aid in improving and restoring health into survivorship. AICR has funded several studies looking into the role of exercise during breast cancer treatment and survivorship.
For breast cancer awareness month, clinical dietitian and specialist in oncology nutrition, Angela Hummel, writes about the advice she gives to her patients about physical activity and its impact on breast cancer.
As a specialist in oncology nutrition, one of the most commonly discussed cancer-related symptom is weight change. My goal as an oncology dietitian is to help people stay well-nourished while undergoing cancer treatment. At each visit, for every person undergoing cancer treatment, I start with a weight check and physical exam. Specifically, this includes assessing lean body mass (muscle) and changes in body fat. It is crucial to monitor changes in body composition at each visit because too much loss (fat and/or muscle) can lead to negative health effects.
This time of the year is busy with planning, shopping and returning to extracurricular activities and the excitement of a new school year. Before settling into the school year routine, develop a plan to move more and eat more healthily to meet AICR’s Cancer Prevention Recommendation. Talk with your family about ideas that would work for all, and then set your family plan into action. Here are some suggestions from AICR.