This Change Toolkit is meant to support the guidance and information you receive in the Change Module of the Anticancer Lifestyle Program. The resources on this page will help you learn to make lasting lifestyle changes that will decrease inflammation and enhance your immune system’s ability to fight disease.
A study published in the journal Cancer concluded that approximately 42 percent of cancer cases and 45 percent of cancer deaths in the United States are linked to lifestyle related risk factors including excess weight, poor diet and physical inactivity according to a study released last week.
The Collaborative on Health and the Environment webpage is a rich resource about cancer research and resources.
Beyond Conventional Cancer Therapies (bcct.ngo) is a thorough, evidence-based resource for cancer survivors and those in the medical field to explore the best integrative approaches to cancer treatment that go beyond conventional cancer care.
A study by Li et al, published in The BMJ (the British Medical Journal), found that a healthy lifestyle at mid-life is associated with longer life expectancy, free of chronic diseases, including cancer.
In the journal CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians, Gapstur et al published a comprehensive review of modifiable risk factors for cancer, which serves as a blueprint for the primary prevention of cancer.
A 2019 study by Stump and Spring published in the journal Cancer, indicated that certain physicians who care for patients with cancer do not often promote healthy lifestyle changes to cancer survivors, and they may fear that providing such advice would distress or overwhelm patients.
A meta-analysis by Holt-Lundsted et al, published in the journal Perspectives on Psychological Science, reports that loneliness or social isolation contribute to illness and premature death rates comparable or higher than obesity or smoking 15 cigarettes a day.
A study by psychologists David Hauser and Norbert Schwarz found that the ubiquitous use of war metaphors when referring to cancer may do more harm than good.
“My patients feel that they are being taught a great deal of important information in the Anticancer Lifestyle Program that they otherwise would not have been exposed to. They ultimately feel empowered and motivated to pursue significant lifestyle changes, and in most cases, these lifestyle changes are sustainable.”
“I’m more centered in all the self-care aspects. Being more gentle to myself. Got a fit bit and am moving more. Meditating more. Continuing to choose love.”
“This is a super program and given the time allowed, much was covered. We were encouraged to use our judgment and take it slowly and not “try to do all the changes” and that is a good thing. The additional classes are also most helpful as they can help us focus and also as we gain strength, knowledge, and capabilities, help us to keep on improving.”