It’s age-old wisdom that healthy eating and regular physical activity are key to feeling our best. This month, the American Cancer Society (ACS) released a report evaluating the current science of food and activity and the relationship to cancer survivorship. It illuminates just how important healthy eating and regular physical activity are in those who have been diagnosed with cancer and replaces the previous guidelines (issued 10 years ago).
At VCS, we are committed to providing our patients with the benefit of having comprehensive, holistic physical and emotional support provided by a multi-disciplinary team, including registered dietitian nutritionists. This is consistent with the ACS’s recommendation that a nutrition and physical activity assessment and counseling begin as soon as possible after diagnosis and continue, as appropriate, throughout treatment and survivorship.
According to the ACS, the current 5-year cancer survival rate in the US is 68% – which amounts to close to 17 million cancer survivors living in our country. There is growing evidence that a healthy diet and regular physical activity can impact risk of cancer reoccurrence and survival, both in those who are currently undergoing treatment, as well as those who have completed their treatment course.
By: Shelley Maniscalco, Registered Dietitian