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

“This class has taken us all beyond being survivors.  To me, surviving implies passivity.  As a result of this program we have all regained some control of that which has felt so out of control.  We thrive with this new way of life, not just survive – embracing positive changes, grabbing on to the future, accepting the present and honoring our pasts.”

“I am grateful to so many for providing the Anticancer Lifestyle Program.  It will affect my health.  It will affect my goal of taking better care of myself.  And it has provided me with a wonderful new group of friends walking the journey with me.”

“This program not only provided so much information on how to live a healthy lifestyle to minimize the odds of cancer recurrence, it has given me back the sense of control in my life regarding cancer.  While we can’t predict our future, I can take control of the steps I take today which gives me great hope for my health in the future.”

“I am happy to have a specific goal- this was very concrete and provided me with another tool to include in my ‘get healthy kit’.  I like the variety of exercise ideas.  It was so much fun to see the group get up and move together.  The laughter in the room makes the exercise more fun.”

“Every session has been uniquely appropriate and perfectly timed.  Now I find I understand that a wholesome campaign of healthy living starts with our perspective on the quality of our life and goals.  We were shown tools to look within ourselves to decide how we want to live our lives.”

“Two years after finishing the ACLP—I continue to do yoga, meditation, Reiki, Tai Chi, walking. Will not allow negative people near me. No longer watch any so-called “news”. Read every label on every single thing I buy. When not in use, I unplug my TV, Internet router, and cell phone. I say ‘thank you for my life’ every day.”

“I’ve relaxed my iron grip on my life and given more thought to what’s happening in the moment.  Finding ways to slow down and the justification for slowing down has been enormous. I appreciate the emphasis on consciously steering away from the busy mental state and enjoying ‘now.’”

“The Anticancer Lifestyle Program has served as a guide and a compilation of resources to put me on a clear path.”

“All plastic was kicked out of my home this past weekend—containers, plastic wrap, etc. I transferred most of my foods from plastic containers into glass. I will begin to freeze food using glass (mason jars). My cleaning products now consist of baking soda, white vinegar, rubbing alcohol, and Seventh Generation laundry and dish detergent. My life has suddenly gotten a lot simpler! I switched my personal skin care products to organic and chemical-free and my makeup is mineral-based. I can hear my grandmother applauding….”

“The class filled a gap. It helped answer the question, now what? How can I try to keep this from happening again?”

“It’s a welcoming and educational environment filled with all that encompasses a positive life-changing experience.”