Foreword, by Dr Hazel Wallace
You never expect to get diagnosed with cancer, let alone when you’re in your 20s or 30s. When it does happen, it understandably shakes every aspect of your world. You don’t need me to tell you how much of a shock a cancer diagnosis can be, how hard treatments are, how difficult recovery can be, or how much it can change the way you feel about yourself and your body. Finding some sense of normality is key at such a turbulent time.
If there’s one thing that remains totally constant throughout your treatment and recovery, it’s the need to give your body the support necessary to deal with all of the treatments and stresses that are being thrown at you. Food can play an important role here. But the internet, and of course social media, is the modern-day equivalent of the Wild, Wild West – full of misinformation, dubious claims, and conflicting advice. When we asked, 45% of you said that social media makes you confused about what to eat. So, how do you know what to trust and what to listen to? It’s a minefield, but hopefully, we can help with that.
When I came on board as a Trekstock Ambassador, I realised there was a need for a nutrition resource that was available specifically for people going through cancer treatment and recovery. So Trekstock and I brought together a group of doctors, dietitians, patients, and members of the Trekstock community to create a no-nonsense, evidence-based, and easy-to-follow nutrition booklet to help support you.
I promise this is not another prescription and we invite you to dip in and out of it whenever you feel the need to. Remember, dealing with cancer is enough pressure for anyone, so try to be as kind as possible to yourself when you’re thinking about what to eat. Food should be a pleasure as well as something to fuel your body with, so enjoy what you’re eating when you can, and don’t beat yourself up if you’re not eating what you think you ‘should’.
I hope you find this resource, and some of the further notes we’ve included in the back, empowering and helpful.
Dr Hazel Wallace
I was thrilled to attend the launch of the Trekstock ‘Food and Cancer’ guidebook. The world of nutrition is confusing at the best of times, let alone when you’re facing cancer and cancer treatment. This guidebook contains safe, relevant, evidence based information, and has been put together by a credible team of experts who between them have knowledge, clinical experience and lived experience too. What’s really great is that young adults living with and through cancer can share this resource with their families, friends and even their medical team and everyone can benefit as the guidance is relevant and correct for most people.Dr Zoe Williams
I have just read the new nutrition booklet online. Thank you. Finally someone has said out loud its all about a balanced diet, meat, dairy and booze included. Let’s hope this gets to everyone diagnosed so they know how to follow a healthy lifestyle the right way. You guys rock.Young adult with cancer
As a chemotherapy nurse I think this will be so useful to use. There really isn’t any information for us to give to patients when they ask. Being really interested in nutrition myself and especially in cancer and whilst people are having treatment I am very excited to hopefully start using this.Hannah Davenport, healthcare professional
As a cancer research nurse, Ive found educating myself about nutrition within cancer difficult, and therefore can empathise with patients who are also looking to find out the same information. This has been amazing to read and so useful, I have learnt a lot from this!Healthcare professional
This is so good to see as patients struggle so much. I would regularly provide dietary advice through radiotherapy. Now a a lecturer IHealthcare Professional
will be encouraging my students to review this resource. I will also share the link with the depts where my students complete their