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The Dietary Research Study is closed.  Results are being tabulated.

March 2021

During cancer treatment, certain drugs can make it difficult for patients to eat and drink cold foods, smoothies or milk shakes. Select the active link for a few ideas to make a warm, savory smoothie-soup, SMOUPIE, combination to ensure you are getting enough protein, calories and healthful nutrients during your treatment.  

February 2021

The Importance of Nutrition to Prevent and Treat Low Muscle Mass. Watch the educational video here:  UofANutrition

In our commitment to knowledge translation this video was created to educate the public on the relevance of low muscle mass to our health. We are committed to using nutrition interventions to prevent and treat this condition. Follow us on social media to stay up-to-date with our latest publications, training opportunities and knowledge translation resources.
Spanish and Portuguese subtitles available. Click on "Settings" - "Subtitles" or "Captions". More languages to come. Contact us if you would like to include subtitles in a different language.
**This video is freely available for non-commercial use in its original form. It is available for commercial use through a licensing agreement with the rights holder.**
Thank you to our friend Rich Murray from RichToonsTV for the amazing work and the talented Juno nominee Amy McConnell for the voice-over. Stakeholder engagement consultation: www.qualiq.ca.
Of course thank you to the Prado's lab members and friends who pitched in to make this possible.

October 2019

When it comes to nutrition how do you determine fact from fiction?

According to a study published in the European Journal of Cancer, mistaken beliefs in the causes of cancer is rife.  By comparing research for the past twenty years and how we access news and information it would seem that reliance on the internet, social media and TV shows has increased, and this is part of the problem.  Unfortunately the same goes for the treatment of cancer.

In 2016, more than 50% of the most shared cancer articles on Facebook contained medically discredited claims.   Problems arise when patients follow these claims and do not seek timely medical intervention that can help them.  This delay in treatment often results in a poorer outcome for the patient.

Georgetown University School of Medicine students identified more than 300 recommendations made in one month during two celebrity doctor TV shows.  Nearly 80% of the recommendations on both shows did not align with evidence-based medical guidelines.  Half of the research used to support claims did not produce results that were significant and no research could be found to support a third of the claims.

There are no guarantees for anyone regarding the more than 200 diseases that come under the cancer umbrella, but making sure that real risk factors are identified allows for changes to be made in lifestyle that would help reduce our risk of developing cancer. 

The same goes for treatment of cancer.  Unfortunately many cancer patients are inundated with misleading information regarding their disease and treatment plan. Nutrition and special diets are often at the top of the list of internet cures and can be overwhelming and confusing, which ultimately does not help the patient. 

The World Cancer Research Fund and the American Institute of Cancer Research program the Continuous Update Project (CUP), is an ongoing program that analyses cancer prevention and survival related to diet, nutrition and exercise. Data is collected from scientifically based research from around the world.  An international team of experts evaluates and interprets the evidence, making judgments on the strength of the evidence regarding the likelihood that the area studied has any effect on the risk of cancer.  A link to these studies can be found on the Community Cancer Center website at www.CCCRoseburg.org. 

The National Institute of Health has a great handout on 'How to evaluate health information on the internet and Brian Dunning has created a 15-point checklist, "How to Spot Pseudoscience".  Both of these tools are on the Community Cancer Center website. 

Additionally, the staff at the Community Cancer Center are always available to discuss any questions you may have about your diagnosis, treatment or nutrition issues.

Ally F. Gottfried MFN, RD., LD
Oncology Dietitian

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