Change: such a simple word, but one that can pack a wallop. We all know that one’s entire world can change in an instant with a visit to the doctor or with one interaction. Yet oddly enough, when we try to change ourselves, it can seem nearly impossible. The resources on this page provide insight into barriers to change and ways to overcome them.
If you are enrolled in an Anticancer Lifestyle Program, we will help you explore what it takes to make lasting, lifestyle change and learn how to take the first steps towards your desired changes. You will learn to manage any feelings of helplessness, fear and stress that can accompany change. The Program also focuses on how you can effect internal change that could help your body mobilize its natural defenses against disease. We will explore what change is and what helps make it stick. We will help you rediscover your personal purpose and values that will inform where you start making your Anticancer Lifestyle changes.
You will find many opportunities in class to listen and learn from the experiences of the other participants and you will feel the support of the group as you share your own. You will learn how to actively listen and encourage others towards their goals outside of the classroom. So, meet up with friends, make new ones, and find the time to learn, listen and support.
This book is written on the premise that small changes are the most realistic.
A great summary from Harvard Medical School about the Stages of Change model.
A UCSF study of Stage 3 colon cancer patients found that survivors who followed the standard American Cancer Society guidelines for healthy living were 42% less likely to die over the 7 year period the cohort was followed.
A study published in JAMA Oncology that reviewed the health records of over 40,000 women showed that even women with elevated genetic risk for breast cancer can significantly lower their odds of getting the disease by adopting healthy lifestyle behaviors.
“I think these lifestyle factors are things that everyone should strive to achieve if they can — everyone can benefit,” said Dr.
A study in JAMA Oncology reports that 20-40% of cancer cases and half of all cancer deaths can potentially be avoided by making modifications in lifestyle: no smoking, limited alcohol, healthy weight, and 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise per week.
A study shows that even if you have certain genetic mutations that predispose you to getting breast cancer, you can lower your risk of getting breast cancer by 30% with some basic lifestyle modifications: no smoking, low alcohol intake, maintaining a healthy weight, and avoiding HRT (hormone replacement therapy).
JAMA-Oncology published a study that showed that people who don’t smoke, who limit alcohol consumption, who exercise and maintain a healthy body weight can reduce their odds of getting some cancers by 30%.
A study published in the journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience suggests that one kind of change, like starting an exercise regimen, may amplify the effects of another, like taking up meditation.
Three physicians wrote this essential guide to making important lifestyle changes after cancer treatment.