Survivorship - Food for thought: Systematic review of Cancer Survivors Perceptions of Food Related Information

R Canham, Rachel L Shaw

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reported to be approximately 50%, with those diagnosed said to live, on average, 10 more years following diagnosis. Cancer
patients are considered ‘at risk’ of food borne illness, in particular, from Listeria Monocytogenes. Whilst common, Listeria
can prove fatal to cancer patients who may be immune suppressed. Appropriate food safety and nutritional advice is therefore
important to ensuring the health and continued recovery of cancer sufferers during the stages of diagnosis and treatment, but
also through to survival and transition back into ‘normal’ life.
This Mixed Studies Review (MSR) therefore sought to better understand Cancer survivors’ perceptions of food related information,
with a view to enhancing the effectiveness of such information in future. The findings revealed a preference for
receiving more information as opposed to less, with survivors primarily seeking relevant and prescriptive guidance via practitioners
and paper based channels. Food related information was also valued when provided as part of broader lifestyle advice.
Theoretical implications are discussed and recommendations for theory and practice are presented, however, the few studies
identified by this review provide little evidence on which to base definitive decisions for future practice, in particular with
regards to food safety messages. Further research in this area is therefore required.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)23-34
JournalInternational Journal of Food Science, Nutrition and Dietetics
Issue number004
Publication statusPublished - 11 May 2016

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Copyright: Shaw RL© 2016. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution and
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