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.Read more… “Strive for Good Health and Cancer Prevention while Getting Kids Back to School”
Dr. Cynthia Thomson, PhD, RDN, leads a research program at the University of Arizona that focuses on the relationships among lifestyle factors, diet and physical activity with cancer prevention and survivorship. Her research currently looks at behavioral changes and how different interventions, using a range of options like eHealth tools and various information delivery systems can impact or improve health after a diagnosis of cancer.