The 2021 online conference took place on Saturday 15th May 2021.
Please find the programme below:
Saturday 15 May 2021
9:00 – 9:05 BST (GMT+1)
Welcome from chair and introduction about BSIO
Dr Catherine Zollman, conference chairman, GP, medical lead of Penny Brohn UK cancer charity, clinical lead for Personalised Care and Support, SWAG NHS Cancer Alliance and fellow in Integrative Medicine from the University of Arizona.
9:05 – 10:00 BST (GMT+1)
Should lifestyle and nutrition be included in all cancer treatment plans? – a research update
Chair: Dr Catherine Zollman, GP, medical lead of Penny Brohn UK cancer charity, clinical lead for Personalised Care and Support, SWAG NHS Cancer Alliance and fellow in Integrative Medicine from the University of Arizona.
Speaker: Prof Robert Thomas, consultant oncologist at Addenbrooke’s and Bedford Hospitals, a visiting Professor at Cranfield University and a clinical teacher at Cambridge University, UK
A healthy lifestyle can reduce the risk of cancer, reduce side effects of treatments and improve outcomes. There still remains some lack of clarity about what factors are most important, so this talk will review evidence from clinical studies from across the World and highlight both what is known, and the areas where further research is needed.
More than 60% of people with a cancer diagnosis use some form of lifestyle or complementary therapy and this session will highlight the risks that patients can incur if trying to self-manage, as well as providing some safe, practical self-help tips which can be applied within a standard cancer treatment setting.
10:15 – 11:15 BST (GMT+1)
Optimising patient resilience to get the best out of treatment
Chair: Dr Penny Kechagioglou, consultant clinical oncologist and group clinical director for Surgery and Emergency Medicine, at the University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire.
Prof Sandy Jack, professor of prehabilitation Medicine and Consultant Clinician Scientist, University of Southampton and University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust, UK.
Dr Carol Granger, registered nutrition practitioner with a particular interest in the human microbiome, UK.
Cancer Prehabilitation is the combination of multi-professional interventions such as nutrition, exercise and wellbeing support, aimed at achieving better functional outcomes and reducing physical and mental morbidity after cancer surgery and other oncological treatments.
This session will discuss the research that demonstrates that pre-existing chronic stress, physical inactivity and poor nutritional status can impair immune, digestive and endocrine function and worsen mental health, leaving the body less able to tolerate and benefit from cancer treatment.
We will explore how simple yet powerful interventions and tools that can be used in the in-patient, outpatient and community settings – like providing structured exercise programmes, optimising nutritional status and the intestinal microbiome and addressing psychological distress proactively – can all improve functional status thereby reducing the risks of cancer treatments and helping to maintain and improve overall health and wellbeing.