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 program came at the perfect time for me when I was feeling vulnerable and trying to get over this last hurdle – the moving on phase and being a true survivor!  It has proven to be an empowering experience.  My sincerest thanks!”

“I have grown to enjoy the folks that we have come to meet.  Some of them are very different than I am, and it has given me the opportunity to learn new lessons and ideas.”

“I think I needed the stress reduction sessions the most.  I now have the ability to slow down, take some deep breaths.  I feel I can better manage the stresses in my life, I am more at peace not only myself but also with those around me.”

“I came to the program a bit unsteady.  I do not like having to ask for help.  I feel extremely privileged to have been part of this program.  I felt cared for by the staff and by my fellow classmates.  I felt that I was right where I needed to be.”

“I now eat far more veggies, and look at packaging, cutting processed foods, and working on cutting out sugar.”

“I’ve made many changes during the program, changes in activity levels, outlook, diet and confidence in the future and in my ability to affect my health and well-being.  I feel armed with knowledge.  The classes have given me back the trust in my body and my choices that I lost through cancer and  treatments.  This program, like any good rehab, has helped me move forward and I am thankful for the opportunity to participate.”

“I consider the Anticancer Lifestyle Program my fourth round of treatment…only this time, I am back in control.”

“What’s been most important to me is the sense of hope.  That there are in fact things I can do for myself, to improve my health and the quality of my life moving forward. Each small change I make makes me want to make another one.”

“Just reading the book on my own wasn’t enough; it took a whole village of dedicated professionals to craft David’s writings into a well-planned classroom experience.”

“I have changed aspects of diet, stress, exercise and toxin exposure, too numerous to mention here.  I am now more open to and actively pursuing change in support of my hoped-for, improved health outcomes and in allowing my body’s natural defenses to function well.”

“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 the 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.”