Nutritional Therapy for cancer? Most people will wonder how a Nutritional Therapist can help someone who has cancer. However, you may be surprised!
Your safety is my paramount importance.
- I take full and detailed information on your current medication, including chemotherapy. I research how these drugs are processed within the body and how long they are effective for. This allows me to tailor all of my recommendations around these. Thus ensuring that nothing that I recommend will impede the effects of your medical treatment.
- All of my work is evidence-based so it is all has research to support it
- I provide detailed, referenced reports to your GP/Oncologist detailing my recommendations. This ensures that they are kept fully informed at every stage of the process.
- If you are in active treatment, I would take full details of this treatment and the timings of it. We can then alter the protocol, as appropriate, to best support the active treatment.
- I am BANT-registered which means that I am suitably qualified and regulated. This ensures that I haven’t just done a weekend e-course and am calling myself a nutritional therapist. It guarantees that I am who I say that I am. It also ensures that I’m always up-to-date with my training. I have to complete a set number of training hours annually in order to retain my membership of the regulating body.
What can we achieve together?
Cancer initiation is a genetic issue (with some help from the environment, dietary and lifestyle factors that support the genes), however numerous research papers have confirmed that once it starts, cancer is then a metabolic disease, using your fuel to grow and spread. I can help to support you in trying to inhibit his process. There are many proponents of this process including (among many) Thomas Seyfried, Dr Natasha Winters and Jane McLelland.
The dietary, supplement and lifestyle changes that I recommend can make a huge difference to your life. Some of the benefits include:
- Less side effects from treatment
- ‘bounce back’ from treatment quicker
- Some protocols can make the cancer treatment more effective
- A better quality of life
How do I work?
- I would ask you to complete a health questionnaire detailing your current lifestyle, symptoms, diet, family history, medication and supplements.
- I then research your medication for interactions to ensure that I am always working safely.
- Reviewing your supplements is next on the list – to find out if they truly are the best ones for you or if we need to change them to support you more effectively.
- When we meet I’ll take more in-depth information from you on your symptoms, diet, lifestyle and treatment protocol.
- I make dietary recommendations based on the specific type of cancer that you have – as research shows that each cancer has a specific set of dietary requirements that is more suitable.
- Supplement recommendations are based on your symptoms, the specific type of cancer that you have, your treatment protocol, your medication, any test results that you have had.
- Lifestyle recommendations are based on your symptoms, the specific type of cancer that you have and your treatment protocol.
- All of my dietary, supplement and lifestyle recommendations are evidence-based and I provide the references to support these.
In our second and subsequent sessions, we would then build upon this protocol.
Why do I do, what I do?
- When I was 20 years old (and I was a young 20, if you see what I mean) my father was diagnosed with stomach cancer. My mum and I nursed him at home because he didn’t want to go into a hospital. We moved his bed downstairs into the living room so that he could still be part of the family and mum slept on the couch each night to be with him. The consultant gave him 6 months to live and he died 7 months later, in bed in our living room, on the 27th October 1990.
- Years later I met someone and fell in love. We were married in 2005 and by 2007 he had been diagnosed with testicular cancer (he was 25 years old). We lived in Scotland at the time and had to travel 70 miles to the nearest hospital so that he could have his chemotherapy treatment. He was given the ‘all clear’ the next year, but neither of us ever really recovered from having to face something like this when we were supposed to be in the first flush of wedded bliss.
- I’m now with a wonderful man and in the last few years he has lost 2 of his family members to cancer and another 2 of them are currently living with a cancer diagnosis.
- In June 2017 my beloved mum was told that she has cancer – I couldn’t believe this was happening. It seemed so unfair to be losing BOTH of my parents to this? My mum died 2 WEEKS later – I was devastated.
I’ve had my fair share of dealings with cancer. The deafening shock when the diagnosis is given. I don’t want to see that happen again. My whole reason for training in this profession was to help people with cancer – to improve their quality (and hopefully length) of life, to ease the burden of the medical treatment that they have to endure, to give them the best chance that I possibly can.
Contact Me if you wish to discuss this with me