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

“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, 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 Delahunty, 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

“I have thoroughly enjoyed your Anticancer Lifestyle Course. As a Registered Holistic Nutritionist, and someone who experienced my own brush with cancer, it’s empowering to know there are decisions we can make each day, to reduce our risk and support our health. Much of this information is very important and what I discuss with my own clients.

- Katie Valley, RHNP, Registered Holistic Nutrition Practitioner and Health Coach , Ann Arbor, MI

“I couldn’t have anticipated the degree of love among them, and caring among them. They collectively started feeling the optimism, and were sharing it together and helping one another.”

- Note from a faculty member

“Absolutely wonderful program!!!! This program came at EXACTLY the point in my journey that I needed it.”

“I enjoy the physical activity of the hikes/walks & the natural beauty of the views.  For Mother’s Day I asked for a hike- nothing else-just a walk in the woods with my kids and husband!  Last week, I went hiking in VT for 4 days.  I’ve enjoyed trying a number of new activities including dance kinetics, Qigong, Fit ball and Yoga!”

“I really think Bill Gunn’s presentation of change and all the means of sustaining change is foundational to the success of the entire ACL class. It’s up to me now!  As Margaret stated, you have to be “intentional” about making change.  A wealth of information was provided – all interesting and beneficial.”

“I used to treat myself to a Twinkie and a Ho-Ho every night before bed.  Now that I understand the relationship between fat, sugar and cancer, I’ve stopped doing that and lost eight pounds.”

Have used ‘mindfulness’ more in dealing with myself and others. Have revised my diet in several ways – was already focused on diet before this program, but learned a lot from Megan’s classes.  Have stepped up my exercise – more rounded out – weight bearing, aerobic, strengthening and stretching.  Feel connected with people in this program.  I continue to make changes in my environment, ventilating the house daily as suggested, changed out cookware and got rid of most plastics and toxic cleaning agents.  Passed along information learned to several friends/relatives.”

“I have continued to try to improve my diet. I eat very little red meat (hardly any, really) which is a big change. I read labels much more. I refer to the EWG.org site regularly before buying products (and have told friends about it). I’ve stepped up my exercise routine. I do exercise daily and continue to wear my pedometer and track my exercise and steps every day. I have also kept Bill’s Wheel of Life in mind. I have spent much more time meditating and developing the spiritual part of me. I feel things are much more balanced.”

“Having a room full of peers made all the difference in trying to adopt the Anticancer principles.  When you combine it all together – the information, the encouragement, the friendship – it just makes a cocktail that you can kind of sink your teeth into.”

“I do a much better job in handling stress.  I recognize how bad it is for my health and do my best to reduce it.  This was one of my major concerns when I started the program.  I have even walked out of a meeting when it started to become contentious.”

“Doing tube exercise when I can’t get out to walk. Learned about this in class. Got a new bike. Have ridden quite a bit and look forward to spring rides.”

“Simply aware that I have choices I make every day, how I respond, how I feel, what I do, it’s all my choice.  There is great power in that.”