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For Immediate Release: September 12, 2012
Contact: Mya Nelson, m.nelson@aicr.org, 202-328-7744 x3047

AICR Introduces CancerResource: Living With Cancer

Free Info Kit Offers Patients Evidence-Based, Up-To-Date Information On Diet and Activity During and After Cancer Treatment

WASHINGTON, DC — Every day, the roughly 12 million cancer survivors in the US face questions about what to eat and how to be active both during and after treatment. This month, with the help of leading clinicians, oncology nurses and dietitians, the American Institute of Cancer Research (AICR) launches CancerResource, an information kit that offers up-to-date, evidence-based advice on managing diet and activity during treatment, and after.

“AICR’s new CancerResource focuses on the questions that patients tell us they have a hard time finding answers to,” said Alice Bender, AICR’s registered dietitian. “There’s been a lot of new research on diet and exercise during treatment in the past few years, for example, and CancerResource translates those encouraging findings into useful tips.”

As the only cancer research and education organization that specializes on the links between lifestyle and cancer, AICR created CancerResource to offer patients information about nutrition, physical activity and weight management that they can trust – and put to immediate use.

The new CancerResource is a completely retooled version of the free information kit that AICR has offered newly diagnosed cancer patients and their families for decades.

AICR’s new, full-color, 44-page CancerResource booklet for patients is divided into sections covering During Treatment and After Treatment, including:

  • Worksheets of questions to ask your health practitioner, oncologist and other healthcare workers about your treatmen
  • A practical guide to understanding your diagnosis
  • Useful tips on nutrition and physical activity to help make treatment easier to tolerate
  • Current advice on dealing with diet-related side effects and how to stay active during and after treatment
  • Answers to frequently asked questions about “hot topics” relating to soy, sugar, dietary supplements and more
  • A list of resources and a glossary of cancer terms

In addition to the main booklet, patients also receive materials specific to their cancer type.

“A Lifeline” for The Newly Diagnosed

When Chris Rosenbloom was diagnosed with breast cancer, “I couldn’t believe it,” she says. “But after the diagnosis sunk in I wanted to learn all I could about treatment and what I could do to beat it.

“AICR's CancerResource will be a lifeline for those diagnosed with cancer,” she says, “because it helps restore control with balanced information, helps in framing the right questions to ask and provides resources that are credible. There is so much information on the Internet...both good and bad. AICR has done a wonderful service by providing great information in one easy to use resource guide.”

A “Must-Read Guide” for Both Health Professionals and Patients

Dr. Lee W. Jones, of the Duke Center for Cancer Survivorship, served on the AICR CancerResource Advisory Committee. “This booklet is a comprehensive ‘must-read’ guide that provides invaluable information to oncology professionals, patients and their families to help patients cope and recover from a cancer diagnosis,” he says.

Fellow Advisory Committee member Dr. Claudio Battaglini, of the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center at UNC Chapel Hill, adds, “Sometimes doctors don’t have enough time to chat with patients and give them the information they need. AICR’s CancerResource’s complete, up-to-date and easy-to-read information on diet and activity during and after treatment will be of tremendous help to patients and their families.”

“I’ve shown the new CancerResource to our patients,” he says, “and all of them were very appreciative and wished they had this kind of information before they started their treatment.”

“Incredibly Helpful,” Will Help Make Treatment “Much More Effective”

Colleen Gill, Registered Dietitian and Certified Specialist in Oncology at Colorado’s Anschutz Cancer Center, welcomed the new information kit. “[CancerResource will] be incredibly helpful for newly diagnosed patients who often comment that they don’t even know what to ask,” she says. “[It is] amazingly succinct and complete, providing tips for making changes, and eating on a budget, even addressing common myths. It provides the foundation to make subsequent visits with their cancer team much more effective.”

The AICR CancerResource Advisory Committee provided invaluable expert guidance in the development of this information kit, helping to ensure that AICR is providing state-of-the-art information to ease the way for those facing cancer and its treatment.

Advisory Committee

  • Claudio Battaglini, PhD, UNC Chapel Hill
  • Mandi Pratt Chapman, MA, George Washington University Cancer Institute
  • Lee Jones, PhD, Duke Center for Cancer Survivorship
  • Marcelle Kaplan, RN, MS, AOCN, CBCN, Oncology Nursing Society
  • Francis Keefe, PhD, Duke University Medical Center
  • Jeffrey A. Meyerhardt, MD, MPH, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
  • Lidia Schapira, MD, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Cheri Van Patten, RD, MSC, BC Cancer Agency, Vancouver, BC

  • Find selections from CancerResource on the AICR website, or to read CancerResource in full as an online flipbook.
  • To have a single free copy mailed to you, call 1-800-843-8114, Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time.
  • Bulk pricing is available for institutions and health professionals.




The American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) is the cancer charity that fosters research on the relationship of nutrition, physical activity and weight management to cancer risk, interprets the scientific literature and educates the public about the results. It has contributed more than $95 million for innovative research conducted at universities, hospitals and research centers across the country. AICR has published two landmark reports that interpret the accumulated research in the field, and is committed to a process of continuous review. AICR also provides a wide range of educational programs to help millions of Americans learn to make dietary changes for lower cancer risk. Its award-winning New American Plate program is presented in brochures, seminars and on its website, www.aicr.org. AICR is a member of the World Cancer Research Fund International.

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