Stories of Success

Dr. Roshani R. Patel

“The Anticancer Lifestyle Program is a great self-paced tool and resource. It provides a starting place for patients with cancer and those interested in prevention.”

- Dr. Roshani R. Patel, MD, FACS, Breast Surgeon, Dartmouth-Hitchcock, Manchester, NH

The Anticancer Lifestyle Program has been a great addition to our Cancer Center here in Louisiana.  The resources provided in the course reinforce the importance of physical and mental wellbeing throughout survivorship. We are so grateful to have this program for our patients to help them not just survive after cancer, but to thrive.

- Dr. Rupa Mahadevan, MD, FAAP, Integrative Medicine Physician , Feist-Weiller Cancer Center, LSU Health, Shreveport

“My patients respond to the Anticancer Lifestyle Program in a way I find unprecedented in 30 years of Radiation Oncology practice. It helps them feel that we are caring for them, and not just delivering cancer treatment.”

- Dr. Thomas Sheldon, MD, Medical Director, Dept of Radiation Oncology, Concord Hospital, Concord, NH

“The Anticancer Lifestyle Program has been integral to educating and empowering our patients to make lifestyle changes that improve their overall wellness and outcomes. We’ve been fortunate to have such a robust program at the Payson Center for Cancer Care.”

- Dr. William Santis, MD, Urologist, Concord Hospital, Concord NH

“I love that this class provides participants with evidence-based information and concrete tools for living a happier and healthier life, even while coping with a cancer diagnosis.”

- Adrianna Crooker Catlin, LICSW, OSW-C, Oncology Social Worker, Payson Center for Cancer Care Concord, NH

“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.

- Dr. Jeanna Walsh, MD, Medical Oncologist and Medical Director, Dana Farber-New Hampshire Oncology and Hematology

As an integrative physician and cancer survivor, it is comforting to know that this much-needed program is available to pick up where the office visit ends.  The Anticancer Lifestyle Program is an invaluable and highly accessible resource, informed by science, that one can use at their own pace.  The lifestyle changes recommended in the course can reduce the risk of cancer as well as other debilitating diseases, such as diabetes and heart disease.

I wholeheartedly recommend this program.

- Lesley James, MD, Pittsford, NY

“If you are a Human Resources or wellness professional looking to take your employee health and well-being strategies to the next level, the Anticancer Lifestyle Program is unrivaled.  It’s comprehensive, easy to understand, and engages employees where they are in their cancer prevention and survivor journeys, and the feedback we have received has been overwhelmingly positive and appreciative.  Offering the Anticancer Lifestyle Program to all of our employees really underscores how much we care about them and their loved ones.”

- Kieran Hull, Vice President of Human Resources and Wellness Committee Chair, Capital BlueCross

“The Anticancer Lifestyle Program is a critical offering of the Payson Center for Cancer Care and Concord Hospital. The course provides a balance of research and practical interventions for cancer survivors, arming them with the tools they need to move forward, and a road-map toward improved health and wellness. Cancer survivors report becoming more engaged in their health and empowered to take control of it.

The program contributes to the continuum of care we offer, bridging the gap for cancer survivors as they move from acute treatments to surveillance. It comprehensively addresses the question so frequently asked by cancer survivors: What can I do now? 

The Anticancer Lifestyle Program is a clear illustration to our community of our unwavering commitment to cancer survivors, and demonstrates our commitment to treating the whole person–body, mind, and spirit.”

- Jody H. Blumberg, MBA, former Director, Payson Center for Cancer Care

“My patients routinely ask me what they can do to lower their risk of cancer recurrence. I refer them to the Anticancer Lifestyle Program for comprehensive information about important lifestyle modifications that will improve their overall health and lower their odds of cancer recurrence. Patients who have taken the course tell me that they now feel empowered to take control of their survivorship.

- Lisa Delahanty, APRN, MSN, Breast Care Center Manager, Concord Hospital, Concord, NH

“The Diet module of the Anticancer Lifestyle Program dives deeply into all the major aspects of healthful eating. I hear regularly from participants about the positive food and nutrition changes they have made and sustained as a result of this program. It provides an important contribution to survivors’ hope, health, and wellness.”

- Megan Ryder, RD, CSO, LD, Oncology Dietitian, Payson Center for Cancer Care, Concord Hospital, Concord, NH

Note from a facilitator at a dissemination site:

“We had our last session last night and all I can say is wow! The participants were so thankful for this course and said so many things that were powerful, I was truly in awe. During the diploma process, many people cried because of the new friends that they made, the things that they learned, and just how much more in control they felt. I wish I had everything to tell you verbatim, but 2 very powerful statements for me were:

‘I no longer feel like a victim.’

‘The course helped me get through my treatment.’

There were so many more comments and everyone seemed to have made at least one if not many changes. And so many connections were made!! I can tell you that many people, including myself, were sad last night to say goodbye to our weekly sessions. It felt like a family.

I have provided health education programs for years and truly have never seen anything like this. I absolutely believe that everyone who participated will continue making changes throughout their lives.  You always hope for that, but you know behavior change is hard. However, with this program, I felt it, I know they will continue to thrive.

Thank you once again (that doesn’t even feel adequate) for sharing this with us.  It was an incredible journey and I cannot wait for the next one!”    

- Note from a facilitator at a dissemination site

“Anticancer Lifestyle program has been a chance to re-evaluate and re-focus on my current lifestyle, and consider changes that might enhance it in the future.  It is a continuing work-in-progress.”

“I have made a sizable advance on assessing who in my life is toxic and who is not. Those who are toxic I remove from my life. Those who are nourishing I embrace…. I practice meditation almost daily. I stretch and do yoga several times a week. I take every opportunity to laugh out loud.”

“The Anticancer Lifestyle Program was, for me, the continuation of a journey.  I doubted there was much more to be gained from the program.  How wrong I was.  The program reinforced the changes I made earlier, but most importantly brought me together with people who have taken control of their lives, have traveled similar journeys, and who share a joy of living.”

“Thanks to the Anticancer Lifestyle Program I have learned to take control of my future and I look forward to many years with my wonderful husband and beautiful children.”

“There is nothing like this anywhere. Please continue your program, it’s so very important to me.”

“When Payson Center called and asked if I was prepared to make a 12-week commitment to the program, I felt like someone had thrown a life preserver to me.  I think the most beneficial part of this program is the support and caring shared by all of us who are lucky enough to be here.”

“The Anticancer Lifestyle Program allows me to continue my attack mode on the home front, by giving me knowledge on healthy choices I can make today.”

“This program is wonderful. It really enlightens you. Margaret and the entire team have provided me and I’m sure all in the class with information that is so useful. I realize that I need to make changes that work for me but I feel that this program has made me so aware that I will make changes more quickly.”

“After reading Dr. David Servan-Schreiber’s book and taking the ACLP course, I felt the empowerment that comes when you are no longer passive, waiting for cancer.  There is nothing more toxic than a sense of helplessness.”

“I was particularly impressed with the classes on chemicals and food.  Both instructors were able to counteract a lot of what is simply not good practices, and were very helpful to our discussions.  I applaud their knowledge, current work and thank everyone involved in this program.”