Post cancer diagnosis diets

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Australian Journal of Herbal and Naturopathic Medicine, 2018, 30 (1), pp. 8 - 10
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© NHAA 2018. Cancer is one of the main health burdens in developed countries. The increasing cancer survival rate has seen more people now living after cancer diagnosis and for longer. This brings with it a myriad of different requirements for these people. One area that is highly debated is the nutritional advice given to patients after cancer diagnosis and cancer treatment. Research on dietary regimens post-cancer treatment have had varied opinions, which can cause confusion for patients as well as health practitioners. Examining the research on post diagnosis has found that after people are diagnosed with cancer, it provides an opportunity for health practitioners to assist change, as it is seen as a ‘teachable moment’. This means that a majority of cancer patients are open to change once they have been diagnosed. Health practitioners are very well placed to assist these patients to bring about changes in both their diet and lifestyle. However, having the current knowledge behind the correct dietary advice is extremely important. What has been well established is that the Western diet is detrimental and a healthy, unprocessed/prudent diet has been found to be beneficial.
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