Plant-Based Nutrition in Cancer Survivorship: Before, During, and After Treatment
Section: Oncology Section
Session Code: ON-P2-5899
Date: Wednesday, January 23, 2019
Time: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Location: Walter E. Washington Convention Center
Room: 103B
Registration Fee Required: 1A

Speaker(s):   Elizabeth Bennett, PT, MA, MS, RDN, LD

Session Type: Preconference Courses
Session Level: Intermediate

In the United States, there are over 15.5 million cancer survivors representing almost 5% of the population. While no single food is a cause or cure for cancer, ongoing research studies and clinical trials are raising awareness on the role of a plant-focused lifestyle for reducing the risk of cancer and other comorbidities. Nutrition, body weight, and sedentary behavior are modifiable risk factors associated with 17 different cancers. Physical therapists working in an outpatient setting are in a unique position to identify and address many common nutrition-related side effects that may negatively impact a cancer survivor's rehabilitation program.This course will focus on the role of the physical therapist, as we review nutrition education vs. medical nutrition therapy and the latest research supporting a plant-based lifestyle in cancer survivorship. The speaker will review digestion and metabolism and discuss the impact of nutrition-related side effects on an outpatient rehabilitation program. Attendees will learn about supplements commonly used by cancer survivors and evidence-based educational resources on nutrition.

Learning Objectives: Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

1. Describe recommended dietary patterns, lifestyle factors, and modifiable risk factors for breast, prostate, oral, colon, and ovarian cancer survivors, and the role of nutrition education, medical nutrition therapy, and physical therapy in the cancer survivor's continuum of care.

2. Recognize supplements commonly used by adult cancer survivors and explain nutrition-related red flags쳌 during and after treatment.

3. Practice nutrition education strategies to assist in the management of side effects of cancer treatment.

4. Assess the current evidence supporting a plant-based lifestyle for cancer survivors and patient and clinician resources to support continued learning in the field of nutritional oncology.

CEU: 0.9

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