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#71 The Cancer Series (1 of 3). What to eat for Cancer with Professor Robert Thomas


View #71 The Cancer Series (1 of 3). What to eat for Cancer with Professor Robert Thomas

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In today’s podcast we talk  about everything to do with the “emperor of all maladies”, the big C. 

Myself and Professor Robert have met on a couple of occasions at conferences geared toward healthy lifestyle and cancer, and I could not think of a more educated and enthusiastic person to have on the podcast who is up to date with the evidence and continues to wave the flag for lifestyle medicine and oncology.

Professor Robert Thomas is a Consultant Oncologist at Bedford and Addenbrooke’s Hospitals, a clinical teacher at Cambridge University and visiting Professor of Sports and nutritional science at the University of Bedfordshire. He is lead of a Lifestyle and Cancer Research Unit conducting designing and conducting government backed studies evaluating the impact of exercise, diet and natural therapies. 

More recently, he led the analysis of the 155,000 patient data set (PLCO) which has linked sugar with an increased cancer and tea and broccoli with cancer prevention. In 2019, he wrote the book “Keep Healthy after Cancer”, and remains medical advisor for the lifestyle and cancer website Cancernet.co.uk.

We frame our conversation into 3 distinct areas to avoid confusion. What to eat to prevent cancer, during cancer and post cancer with the aim of reducing risk and improving outcomes. As cancer is an extremely broad field and confusing for even medical professionals to understand it’s biology, I want to remind listeners and viewers that this is general information and not to be taken as medical advice.

 

In today’s pod we talk about

  • What Cancer is
  • The balance of genetic vs acquired cancer and the influence of lifestyle on risk
  • The general principles of how to avoid cancer
  • What foods to eat
  • How food exerts a positive impact on cancer risk
  • How we investigate the anti-cancer impact of food
  • Gut health and cancer
  • The Warburg effect
  • The implication of excess sugar on cancer risk
  • What to eat during cancer
  • The potential for ‘prehab’ initiatives
  • Vitamin D, Polyphenol and Probiotic supplements, Vitamin Supplements
  • Post Cancer lifestyle regimens to reduce the risk of recurrence
  • What an anti-cancer diet looks like
  • The Future of Oncology: Individualised medicine, Immunotherapy and Metabolic Oncology

 

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I really hope you enjoyed this episode with Prof Robert, the first of three episodes in ‘The Cancer Series’ – what an amazing guest and so much knowledge and insight to share with you too.

We’ve added some links and reference material here below that hopefully are helpful and useful for you:

Current research in complementary and alternative medicine

Exercise induced bio-chemical changes and  their potential influence on cancer

Prostate cancer and prostatic disease

Sugar intake and cancer


Guest: Professor Robert Thomas

Professor Robert Thomas is a Consultant Oncologist at Bedford and Addenbrooke’s Hospitals, a clinical teacher at Cambridge University and visiting Professor of Sports and nutritional science at the University of Bedfordshire.

He is lead of a Lifestyle and Cancer Research Unit conducting designing and conducting government backed studies evaluating the impact of exercise, diet and natural therapies. In collaboration with The Universities of Bedfordshire, Southern California, Cambridge and Glasgow, this unit has published over 100 peer reviewed scientific papers (see list). This has included the world’s largest randomised controlled trial of a polyphenol rich nutritional supplement in patient with cancer (the Pomi-T trial) and the randomised evaluation of a topical therapy to prevent chemotherapy induced nail damage (The polybalm study). 

More recently, he led the analysis of the 155,000 patient data set (PLCO) which has linked sugar with an increased cancer and tea and broccoli with cancer prevention.

In 2010, he designed and lead the implementation of the UK's cancer exercise rehabilitation course and Qualification with Macmillan and Skills Active. In 2019, he wrote book “Keep Healthy after Cancer”, and remains medical advisor for the lifestyle and cancer website Cancernet.co.uk, the general lifetsyle site keep-healthy.com and writes a popular health blog in partnership with exercise professionals and nutritionists. For these contributions he has been awarded The British Oncology Association’s “Oncologist of the Year” and The Royal College of Radiologist medal.

 


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