Nutrition Special – Episode 140

Nutrition Special

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Featuring: Rev. Percy McCray and Wayne Shepherd

Published: December 1, 2018

This special edition of Health, Hope & Inspiration focuses on nutrition, especially as it relates to cancer. The hosts talk with guests about the importance and the role that nutrition potentially plays in the continuing dialogue about cancer, cancer care and prevention.

Show Notes:

According to a study conducted by the American Society for Clinical Oncology, obesity may overtake tobacco as the biggest lifestyle modifiable risk factor for cancer by the year 2030. Obesity is epidemic in the United States, and with that is the connection for an increased risk of many types of cancer. As a way to bring this issue to the forefront, the hosts share excerpts from conversations with several guests who are experts in nutrition and diet. Carolyn Lammersfeld, Vice President of Integrative Medicine at Cancer Treatment Centers of America, chats with the hosts about understanding the basics of lifestyle changes, good nutritional practices and how they can positively reduce a person’s risk for developing cancer.

The hosts also talk with Karen Sudders, a clinical oncology dietician, who shares the reasons why nutrition plays an even greater role when an individual is fighting cancer. “We see so many complications in patients undergoing cancer treatment and the correlation with malnutrition. Nutrition plays a huge role, because a lot of times, we may see that appropriate nutrition intervention may actually help with increasing their outcomes.”

Another clinical oncology dietician, Erin Smucker, talks about why cancer patients need nutritional advice and direction that is tailored to their specific diagnosis. “If we don’t know the plan going in, if we don’t know the treatments, we don’t know the side effects, and then by knowing all of that and coordinating with a medical oncologist, we can give better nutrition advice. We can also kind of gear the patient more as to what to expect. Different things can change so fast, especially with treatment changes, and the longer a patient goes, the longer an individual goes receiving care from a medical oncologist, also means that things are changing nutritionally.”


  • “I’m of the belief that most people know really what they should be doing, you know, from a standpoint of eating and activity to maintain a healthy body weight, but there are social, environmental, emotional, so many other components around food.”
  • “About half of the population isn’t even aware of the connection between carrying extra weight and the risk of developing cancer. And, if you have cancer, having extra weight increases the risk of poor surgery outcomes, which increases the risk of recurrence, so it’s important to address both before, during and after.”
  • “We may also see that dietary intervention, whether it be different foods that [cancer patients] are eating, different food patterns, different variety of foods may actually help with nausea, vomiting, or any type of other side effects that they may encounter through treatment.”


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