About 18 months ago, I started working with @trekstock – a charity for young adults (aged 20-40) diagnosed with cancer. One thing we felt was really missing in terms of the support that was provided was advice on nutrition.
We ran a survey and found that 43% of Trekstock members consult the Internet for advice or information on nutrition and 20% refer to social media, 45% said they feel social media makes them confused about what to eat, and less than half said they felt comfortable discussing their diet with their oncology team.
So we decided to create a resource on diet and cancer, one which was evidence-based but easy-to-follow, one which was created by both health practitioners and patients, and one which wasn’t totally boring – and that is what we did (I hope!). So we pulled together our team of doctors, dieticians and patients and created this little (well not so little) booklet.
My hope is that this resource it will give more young adults with cancer the confidence to speak to their oncology team about nutrition, but also provide more healthcare professionals with a useful resource to give to their patients. This booklet is not intended to be another prescription or dietary regime, nor is it intended to replace advice from your medical team, but instead act as a helpful hand in supporting you through cancer treatment and recovery.