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This short course...

  • is delivered: As an online on-demand-video from a live course
  • is for: Nutritional therapists, nutritionists, dieticians, naturopaths, other health care providers and final year nutrition students interested in applying functional medicine approaches to health and well-being (i.e. exploring how nutrients, other foods and lifestyle factors influence the function of the body and how to apply findings in a person–centred manner that recognises individuals’ unique differences). This course is not for members of the public.
  • is with: Dr Carol Granger
  • spans: 5 hours
  • provides: BANT CPD 5 hours

There is a growing body of evidence that a person’s nutritional status has an impact on cancer incidence, survival and recovery. Different dietary strategies are available to support recovery after a cancer diagnosis based on studies of cancer mechanisms, although there is scant data from definitive human trials. For practitioners in this clinical field, it can be challenging to appropriately apply this evidence to support safe and effective nutritional support.

This course helps practitioners develop personalised nutrition plans for their clients living with and beyond cancer based on available evidence.  It will review tumour-specific risk factors and functional systems relevant to malignancy and consider how to address metabolic, hormonal and microbiological factors. The course also covers practical support, including how best to monitor a client’s progress and support their motivation and how to develop effective inter-professional collaborations.



What will I learn?

By the end of the course you will be able to:

  • Critically appreciate what people with a cancer diagnosis are hearing about nutrition from various sources and assess the appropriate positioning and role of nutritional therapy within this context.
  • Review and critically appraise the evidence, safety and appropriateness of common diets that people living with and beyond cancer may be aware of, including those for which there is a lack of evidence, and those which are underpinned by systems biology and clinical trials.
  • Review and critically appraise evidence for metabolic diets and other nutritional paradigms
  • Critically apply a framework for developing personalised nutrition plans that consider cancer-specific risk factors including metabolic, hormonal and microbiological factors that impact on malignancy
  • Critically plan how best to monitor your client’s progress and address motivational challenges and maintain safe practice
  • More effectively engage and influence other healthcare professions involved in caring for, and influencing, your client

What will be covered?

Session 1 (approx. 1hr 15 minutes)
The importance of nutrition information for people living with and beyond cancer (LWBC)

  • Why nutrition guidance matters
  • The variable provision of information in UK healthcare
  • The main sources of information referred to by people LWBC
  • Individual reflection exercise on professional skills required for this clinical work
  • The evidence landscape for nutritional support for those LWBC (including small interventions and larger studies)
  • Reflection exercise on the shortcomings within cancer nutrition trials
  • The extent of ‘high quality’ evidence
  • Consolidation of learning with individual exercise on applying evidence
  • Q and A

Session 2 (approx. 1hr 20 minutes)
Building a framework for evidence-based personalised nutrition plans

  • Evidence for risk factors by cancer type
  • How primary cancer prevention data fits into the paradigm for people LWBC
  • How cancers are driven
  • Modifying the internal environment in people LWBC
  • Metabolic factors and cancer growth
  • Individual exercise on metabolic co-morbidities in people LWBC
  • Evidence for targeting glucose metabolism and glycaemic control
  • Consolidation of learning with individual exercise on clinical case 
  • Safety in practice and importance of inter-professional collaboration
  • Q and A

Session 3 (approx. 1 hr 15 minutes)
Evidence-based nutrition plans beyond low carbohydrate diets

  • Consolidate and revisit a framework for evidence-based personalized nutrition plans
  • Moving the paradigm beyond glucose metabolism in people LWBC  
  • IGF-1 in cancer and thinking beyond insulin
  • Protein restriction in practice
  • Individual reflection exercise on cultural diets and the plant-based approach
  • ‘Metabolic reprogramming’ and the growing evidence on individual amino acids
  • Approaching amino acid restriction in practice
  • Consolidation of learning with individual exercise on clinical case 
  • Q and A

Session 4 (approx. 1 hr 20 mins)
Addressing obesity as a cancer driver

  • Revisit the framework for evidence-based personalised nutrition plans
  • Evidence for obesity as a risk factor for many cancer types
  • The obesity paradox and the current ‘orthodox’ view
  • Individual reflection exercise on skills for supporting behaviour change for people affected by obesity and LWBC
  • Sustaining momentum in people LWBC with flexible dietary plans
  • Decision framework for putting into practice
  • Consolidation of learning with individual exercise on contrasting clinical cases 
  • Q and A

Who is leading the course?

Dr Carol Granger DProf, BSc(Hons), MSc, MRSB, CBiol, FBANT

Carol is a Registered Nutritional Therapist with 15 years’ experience of working with people affected by cancer. This area of clinical practice was the focus of her professional doctorate in health sciences from the University of Westminster. 

Carol is a chartered biologist with a degree in biochemistry and a Master’s in microbiology, and training in herbal medicine. She has worked in various healthcare roles throughout her career before choosing to retrain in nutritional therapy; including microbiology research, clinical diagnostics, medical technology and human tissue banking. Carol is an independent contributor to research within the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) collaboration on nutrition and cancer. She acts as a consultant to Penny Brohn UK, a leading charity providing the whole person approach to supporting people affected by cancer. Carol is also consultant nutritionist to a collaboration with leading oncologists who recognise the importance of nutrition for people with a cancer diagnosis. 

Carol is a director of the British Society for Integrative Oncology (BSIO) and is Co-Chair and trustee of the Research Council for Complementary Medicine (RCCM). She teaches on several nutritional therapy courses at degree and Master’s level, and for 10 years was the Chair of NTEC, the accreditation body for training in nutritional therapy.

How will I be taught?

ION’s short courses reflect best practice for online teaching and learning practice. This is an edited recording of a live course. It contains presentations interspersed with anonymised individual exercises and recorded Q&A sessions.

How much does it cost and what’s included?

The course price is £89.00. 

  • PDF of presentation 
  • Approx. 5 hours edited recording
  • Viewing access for a least 90 days. You can access the course up to 10 times.
  • BANT CPD 5 hours

How to purchase a ticket

  • Please check you have read ION’s FAQs including our cancellation and refund policy before booking
  • Click the "BOOK" button at the top or bottom of this page- you will be taken to our webinar platform 'Big Marker' to purchase your ticket.
  • If successfully purchased, you will get an automatic confirmation email from Big Marker with your unique link to log in to the course. Please keep this safe. This link only allows entry to the first user that clicks it and ION is unable to generate new links. Please therefore do not share your unique link. 

Important information

About this on demand recording

  • The speaker is not present on this recording and you will not be able to ask them questions but you will be able to see the recorded Q and A sessions.
  • This course ran in March 2021. All recordings are removed approximately one year after they are recorded so that we can ensure our courses contain up to date information.  

The course

  • This course is designed for health practitioners NOT members of the public. ION cannot validate whether individuals who book on this course are health practitioners or interested members of the public. We encourage members of the public who are seeking cancer support to look at online resources available through other Centres such as the ‘Penny Brohn UK’ or contact for Nutritional Therapists who work with cancer clients.
  • ION also runs a three day course in cancer and nutrition. Although there is a small degree of overlap, this one day course is still suitable for practitioners who have attended the three- day course previously.


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Registration links and materials

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  • Participation in an ION CPD course forms part of a practitioner's or individual's ongoing learning. It does not qualify a non-clinically trained practitioner or individual to work in a clinical setting. Individual’s boundaries of safe work, advice or practice are primarily determined by their formal qualifications and related personal insurance.
  • This on- demand recording is recognised by BANT for 5 hrs CPD  (applicable to BANT members only)

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