Diet, nutrition and the changing face of cancer survivorship


Tuesday 5 December 2017
to Wednesday 6 December 2017

2 day

Venue Royal Society of Medicine
1 Wimpole Street
Organised by

RSM Professionals, Nutrition Society


12 CPD points

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about this event

Cancer is no longer a terminal diagnosis. Increasing numbers of people are surviving but with ever more chronic conditions they need sound nutritional advice.  However, the scientific evidence to support this is sparse. This conference will explore the role of nutrition at multiple points in the cancer pathway. 


Whilst the evidence base for cancer prevention is growing and consolidating there is a growing need to:

  • Understand the role of nutrition in chemotherapy (as well as the impact of therapy on nutrition and appetite)
  • Provide effective strategies for nutritional support of end-stage care
  • Understand the potentially distinct dietary strategies for prevention of cancer recurrence
  • Develop the management of the co-morbidities associated with cancer survivorship

The meeting will address the new challenges stemming from the improved prognoses following treatment for cancer. It will cover the mechanistic, human and public health implications, and is poised to draw together international expertise at a timely point in the evolution of development of cancer management and survivorship strategies.


Submit your research topic as an abstract and have the chance to present an oral or poster presentation during the two day conference. Further details on how to apply can be found here. 
Submission deadline: midnight on Sunday 10 September 2017

Scientific Programme Organisers

Dr Ailsa Welch (University of East Anglia) and Dr Bernard Corfe (University of Sheffield)


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*Programme subject to change


Day 1 - Tuesday 5 December

8.45 am

Registration, tea and coffee

9.30 am

Plenary lecture: The changing face of cancer survival - Nutrition, cancer and survivorship

Professor Elio Riboli, Imperial College London

Symposium I - Nutrition during diagnosis and treatment

10.30 am

Nutritional strategies to prevent GI toxicity during pelvic radiotherapy

Dr Linda Wedlake, The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust

11.00 am

Obesity and cancer: What is the risk factor?

Dr Ellen Copson, University of Southampton

11.30 am

Clinical implications of low skeletal muscle mass in early stage breast and colorectal cancer

Dr Wendy Chen, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, Massachusetts

12.00 pm

Panel discussion

12.30 pm


Oral communication and poster session I

1.30 pm

Session 1 - Conference relevant abstracts

Session A - General nutrition abstracts

3.00 pm

Tea and coffee break

Symposium II - Diet for advanced and late stage care

3.30 pm

Nutrition support and clinical outcome in advanced cancer patients

Dr Alessandro Laviano, Sapienza University, Italy

4.00 pm

Loss of appetite and cachexia in cancer - biology, molecular and nutritional management

Professor Sam Ahmedzai, University of Sheffield, NIHR National Speciality Lead for supportive care and community-based cancer research

4.30 pm

Nutrition, cachexia, protein

Speaker to be confirmed

5.00 pm

Panel discussion

5.30 pm

Cuthbertson medal lecture

6.00 pm

Drinks reception with street food

Open to all attendees

Day two - Wednesday 6 December

8.00 am

Pre-conference sponsored symposium

8.45 am

Registration, tea and coffee

Symposium III - Diets and lifestyle factors for life beyond cancer

9.30 am

Physical activity, obesity and breast cancer survival

Professor Anne McTiernan, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, USA

10.00 am

Prostate cancer intervention

Professor Sara Faithfull, University of Surrey

10.30 am

Understanding the role of field cancerization in changing nutritional responses

Dr Bernard Corfe, University of Sheffield

11.00 am

Panel discussion

11.30 am

Tea and coffee break

Oral communication session II

12.00 pm

Original presentations

1.00 pm


Symposium IV - Wider public health implications for life beyond cancer

2.00 pm

Dietary interventions for cancer survivors: A review of the literature

Dr Sorrel Burden, University of Manchester, Salford Royal Foundation Trust

2.30 pm

Interventions during active treatment for cancer: Are they feasible and beneficial?

Dr Michelle Harvie, University Hospital South Manchester

3.00 pm

Public health implications and future prospects of improved cancer survival

Professor Alan Jackson

3.30 pm

Panel discussion

4.00 pm

Close of meeting and completion of evaluation forms

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  • Earlybird rates available until Monday 6 November 2017
  • RSM members: £140 - £295
  • Non members: £165 - £385
  • NS members: £140 - £250
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Nutrition Society

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For information on this event, contact Tasha ShawTel: 020 7290 3867 Fax: 020 7290 2992 Email: arrow