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

“I find it difficult to exercise when feeling achy from joint pain from the hormone therapy.  Now my new pedometer counts my steps, encourages me to exercise and have fun doing it.  We are also eating healthier and enjoy better tasting meals.”

“I stopped drinking seltzer from cans and now bring water to work in a metal water bottle. I picked one up for a colleague, too.  A bunch of us have lunch together every day and I talk with them regularly about what I learned in the environment section of this course.  I try not to be the queen angel of toxins, so I limit myself to discussing it twice a week.”

“The program inspired me to be more involved with family & friends.  In the past I would devote more time to work than personal interests.  Now I say yes to the invitations.  Phone calls have become a great source of pleasure.  I never wanted to talk on the phone but the ‘Buddy calls’ have changed that – I love talking to those in my class.  This helps tremendously with stress management.”

“I knew changes were going to happen, but I think the extent is surprising me still.  I’m happy about them.  The whole experience renewed my faith in humanity.  You learn you have to focus on what I can control.  My food, my water, my Pyrex.”

“The ACLP is one of the best experiences I have had. It taught me life lessons that I wish I had known decades ago. As an ACLP alum I feel so very lucky in life.  Thank you!”

“I now use the pedometer every day. I walk instead of driving whenever possible. I climb stairs instead of taking the elevator. I enrolled in a yoga class. I dance in my kitchen. I make sure I continue to stretch my core, use my core muscles for lifting, and praise myself for every step I take.”

“Two years after finishing the course I am happy to say that I’ve radically changed my diet: I eat only organic foods; I stocked up on local farmer produce and learned how to freeze the veggies and fruits to eat during the winter; I clean my home using white vinegar, Seventh generation products only; I incorporated yoga, meditation, Reiki, and massage into my routine; I did A LOT of focused emotional de-toxing which was tough work but left me much lighter in spirit; I made a concerted effort to move away from negativity (people, events, etc.); developed a balance between solitude and social activities; laughed as much and as often as possible.”

“I don’t look at meat as the main part of my meal.  I eat less meat and more fruits and vegetables.  I seek out plant-based recipes.  Lastly, I try and will continue to try to eat foods I have not eaten before, e.g. eggplant and kale. (Still not fond of kale, but at least I tried it.)”

“When treatment is done, it should feel like good news (and it does to a point) but then there’s that ‘what now?’ feeling.  There is stress that comes with it…the haunting feeling, ‘is it really gone? What can I do to keep it from coming back?  The good news is now there’s a program based on the Anticancer book!”

“It all came together!  We realized that our goals exist and our steps are working. Tonight reinforced the delicate balance that is found in a group.  This group is an amazing selection of people who I am proud to call my friends!”

“Many times throughout the day I am able to stop and think about the moment, and evaluate what is happening and what is important at the time.  It is a process that I can see and feel within myself that has already improved the quality of life. “