The pandemic has been hard on cancer patients with many unable to get the treatments they need. But there are things you can do that can help you deal more effectively with cancer.
That’s the claim being made by expert speakers at our online conference this weekend run by Yes to Life, the UK’s integrative cancer care charity
It supports patients who want to follow a treatment plan which combines the conventional treatments, such as drugs and radiotherapy, with healthy diet and lifestyle changes that can make you more resilient. The Nutritional Science and Cancer Congress runs for two days on the 27th and 28th of March
‘Over the past five years I’ve learnt how effective the low carb diet can be for treating disease,’ says one of the speakers, pioneering GP Dr David Unwin. ‘Most diabetics have central obesity,’ he says ‘which can be reversed with the right diet. Central obesity is also the second most common cause of cancer after smoking. It makes sense to target it in cancer too.’
We know that being overweight and eating highly processed food can make you ill,’ says campaigning GP Dr David Unwin, whose research on the low carb diet is changing the treatment of diabetes. ‘So why is changing your diet not yet part of standard cancer prevention?’
Dr Unwin is one of the speakers Nutritional Science and Cancer Congress this weekend - 27 to 28 March.
“We hear a lot of talk about protecting the vulnerable but what’s really needed is to make people less vulnerable. Diet can certainly do that.”
Another speaker, naturopathic oncologist Dr Nasha Winters, who has a large on-line practice in America, is talking about recent discoveries in nutritional science.
‘You cannot heal if your system stays in the same states as it was when you got sick,’ she says. ‘You can reduce the toxicity that is that is making you sicker, but you don’t have to choose between drugs and starting to heal the body. The two ways work together beautifully.’
It’s a surprise to hear this from a senior clinical oncologist working at a large university hospital (Coventry): ‘There is a good scientific case for using mistletoe extract. The trials are small but encouraging. I’ve seen it improve patient’s quality of life.’
Dr Penny Kechagioglo is a clinical oncologist at the university hospitals of Coventry and Warwickshire and is one of the speakers Nutritional Science and Cancer Congress this weekend - 27 to 28 March. She’s also a fan of vitamin D to cut the risk of breast cancer.
‘There’s a limit to how much lifestyle medicine I can give my patients on the NHS, but I have a vision to make a combination of conventional and complementary treatments standard care.
‘I’ve been seeing a revolution in doctors’ appreciation of the way diet can boost your chances of healing and recovery,’ says Sheila Dillon, food journalist for 20 years and BBC presenter and a cancer survivor living with Multiple Myeloma for the past 9 years.
A dozen other experts will provide a mixture of talks, discussions and workshops designed for people with cancer, as well as for oncologists and complementary practitioners.
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