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In this post, I share with you 7 incredible insights on Cancer treatments and prevention. On top of that, I’ll share some guidance with you on how to handle Cancer Nutrition conversations with your healthcare professional, including a fantastic Cancer Nutrition Checklist that you can print and take to your doctor.
My mom said they diagnosed Grandma with Stage 4 Ovarian Cancer.
I was a Sophomore Pre-Med student, living in Birmingham, AL during the Fall of 2006. Mom and I were chatting on the phone one October afternoon. I had just had my birthday several days ago.
Mom was talking about Grandma (my dad’s mom) saying she had some stubborn weight around her belly that just wouldn’t go away. After a visit with her doctor, the MD suggested a scan. Following the scan, the results revealed to doctors that there were tumors developing in and around her ovaries.
I don’t remember anything else from the conversation because I couldn’t get past my initial shock of the news. Grandpa already had a Leukemia (Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia – CLL) doctors diagnosed him with nearly 2 years earlier, but it was such a slow-progressing one that he could most likely continue to live life “normally.”
Cancer became an even bigger reality to me in 2011 when my dad was diagnosed with the same CLL that his dad (my Grandpa) has. We learned that CLL is 30% likely to genetically pass on to your children, which meant since my dad is the oldest of 6, his siblings needed to keep a close watch on their health as well.
The older you get, the more likely you are to meet someone or know someone on a personal level who has cancer or has had cancer. Cancer is still the 2nd leading cause of death. In early 2019 the American Cancer Society Journal released their cancer projection for the year predicting that in 2019 about 1,762,450 new cases of cancer would be diagnosed. The 2019 cancer stats came in and breast, lung, prostate, and colorectal cancers account for almost 50% of all new cancer cases in the United States.
Cancer diagnoses happen every day, but we don’t have to accept cancer as the inevitable end.
Now, go back to the list and count how many of the 7 points referenced Nutrition? Okay, time’s up. The answer is 5 of the 7! Nutrition has certainly taken a spotlight in the Cancer industry during the last 10-20 years. And rightfully so. The reason for my earlier “Quiz Question” is to show you that even the world is realizing that we CANNOT ignore discussing Nutrition and Cancer in the same room
Nutrition information is available in insane amounts online.
Nutrition information is available in insane amounts online, so it’s made it harder to navigate something like Cancer Nutrition information.
I designed a “checklist” that you can take to your doctor so that you don’t miss your initial Nutrition questions when you’re talking about Cancer. For example, a friend of mine Patricia shares her personal experience discussing with her MD the Do’s and Don’t of Eating While Taking Tamoxifen (an anti-breast cancer drug). Something like a “Cancer Nutrition Checklist” allows you to have more detailed conversations with your health professional so you’re not missing information. (FREE printable Cancer Nutrition Checklist to take to your doctor–below
By bringing this checklist to your Doctor or Dietitian, you’ll:
Perhaps you’re reading this post and you have a friend or a family member with Cancer. Or maybe you’ve been recently diagnosed with Cancer. Maybe you’ve been in your Cancer journey for a while. I hope this post brings to lights several of the major updates within the field of Cancer research. Nutrition is, now more than ever, a focus for Cancer prevention and treatment.
If you have Cancer, and you have a healthcare team caring for you, you deserve to have the best access to Nutrition care. I encourage you to download and print the Cancer Nutrition Checklist and share it with your doctor if they haven’t discussed much in the area of Nutrition and Cancer, then
I would love to have your input on how the Cancer Nutrition Checklist has helped your Cancer Prevention or Treatments. What new questions could we add to the Checklist? What do you love and what should I change? Share your comments and suggestions down below.