Applying the latest nutrition evidence for people diagnosed with cancer

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This CPD course...

  • is delivered: As an online on-demand-video from a live course
  • is for: Nutritional therapy practitioners, 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)
  • is with: Dr Carol Granger
  • spans: 5 hours recording time 
  • provides: BANT CPD 5 hours, NNA CPD 5 hours



What will I learn?

This course focuses on dietary interventions for people affected by cancer. By the end of this recording you will be able to:

  • Critically appreciate the perspective of people with a diagnosis of cancer regarding nutrition, and the advice they may receive from various sources, and assess the appropriate positioning and role of nutritional therapy within this context.
  • Review and critically appraise evidence for prehabilitation for people with a diagnosis of cancer
  • Review and critically appraise the evidence, safety and appropriateness of dietary restriction around active treatment, including fasting and fasting mimicking diets, and other ‘metabolic restrictions;
  • Understand and apply the evidence on microbiome impact and nutritional manipulation for people with a cancer diagnosis
  • Critically apply a framework for the long-term use of ‘metabolic diets’ for long term use, in people living with cancer, addressing 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 15mins) Introduction - the nutrition evidence landscape & current advice

  • Why nutrition guidance matters after a cancer diagnosis
  • Main framework of advice provided by ‘patient services’ and support organisations, including national and international cancer charities, local healthcare teams and national networks
  • How nutrition professions are perceived and appropriate roles in working with people with a cancer diagnosis
  • Individual reflection exercise on professional skills for this clinical work
  • Beyond the Eatwell Plate – levels of evidence for nutritional support
  • Reflection exercise on the shortcomings in nutrition trials in cancer
  • The extent of ‘high quality’ evidence
  • Consolidation of learning with individual exercise on applying evidence
  • Q and A

Session 2: (approx 1hr 5mins) Prehabilitation - getting ready for a good recovery after a cancer diagnosis

  • Evidence for and elements of prehabilitation in cancer care
  • Prehabilitation in different ‘cancer patient’ groups and treatment patterns
  • Focus in functional targets for nutritional prehab
  • Working within scope of practice for non-nutritional elements of prehabilitation
  • Consolidation of learning with individual exercise on clinical case
  • Safety in practice and importance of interprofessional collaboration
  • Q and A

Session 3: (approx 1hr 25 mins)  Dietary restrictions during active treatment

  • Emerging evidence for fasting, fasting mimicking diets and other related models
  • Practical application of dietary restrictions including FMD
  • Individual reflection exercise on fasting support for dietary restrictions
  • Client selection and treatment patterns for fasting and related models
  • Alternatives when fasting is not appropriate
  • Consolidation of learning with individual exercise on clinical case
  • Q and A

Session 4 A: (approx 1hr)  Microbiome nurturing diets 

  • Evidence across treatment pathways and different cancers
  • Putative mechanisms of impact on outcomes versus microbiome
  • Practical application of microbiome interventions
  • Consolidation of learning with individual exercise on clinical case
  • Fitting this into a framework for evidence-based personalized nutrition plans

Session 4 B: (approx 1hr 10mins) Metabolic diets as long-term options for people living with cancer

  • Revisiting dietary restrictions for sustained use
  • Considering the impact of long terms 'metabolic diets' on the microbiome
  • Individual reflection exercise on skills for supporting people living with cancer
  • Sustaining momentum in people living with cancer 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 BANT-registered nutritionist and CNHC 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. 

She 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 also acts as an adviser to Penny Brohn UK, as leading charity providing the whole person approach to supporting people affected by cancer. Carol has also worked as consultant nutritionist to a collaboration with leading oncologists seeking to raise awareness of the importance of nutrition for people with a cancer diagnosis. 

Carol is a director and Co-Chair 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 CPD 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 case study data, individual exercises and recorded Q&A sessions. 

How much does it cost and what’s included?

  • The course price is £89.00
  • PDF of Powerpoint
  • Approx. 5 hours of edited recording
  • You can access the course up to 12 times
  • BANT CPD 5 hours, NNA CPD 5 hours

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 was recorded in February 2024. All recordings are removed approximately one year after they are recorded so that we can ensure our courses contain up to date information. You will be able to access the course up to 12 times before the materials are taken down.

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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 and the NNA for 5 hrs CPD  
  • Non BANT or NNA registered practitioners may use this course for their CPD depending on the requirements and guidance of their professional body.
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