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.


Scientific Programme Organisers

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

Monday 4 December 

The Nutrition Society are delighted to be hosting the second ‘International Nutrition Student Research Championships’ at the Royal Society of Medicine on 4 December.

If you are interested in attending and would like to find out more information please click here 


We would like to thank our exhibitors, Yakult. 

Please note that none of the companies listed have had any influence or involvement over the agenda, content or organisation of this meeting.


Standard rates:

RSM members: £175 - £385
NS members: £175 - £325
Non members: £195 - £435

NS charity staff rate £250
Please note this rate is solely for a pre agreed group of charities and will be checked by a member of our team. If you do not meet the requirements your place will be rebooked onto the correct rate.

*Tickets include tea, coffee and lunch. Please specify at time of booking whether you would like to attend the complimentary drinks reception and dinner on the evening of Tuesday 5 December 2017.

* Following registration you will be contacted appropriately by email with; your booking confirmation, feedback survey and attendance certificate. For full details of the RSM privacy policy, click here

*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: lessons for large population cohorts

Professor Elio Riboli, Director of the School of Public Health, 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, Honorary Consultant in Medical Oncology, University of Southampton

11.30 am

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

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

12.00 pm

Panel discussion

12.30 pm


Oral communication and poster session I

1.30 pm

Original communications

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

Professor Alessandro Laviano, Associate Professor of Internal Medicine, Sapienza University, Italy

4.00 pm

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

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

4.30 pm

Nutrition, cachexia, protein

Dr Vickie Baracros, Professor of Oncology and Palliative Care Medicine, University of Alberta, Canada

5.00 pm

Panel discussion

5.30 pm

Cuthbertson Medal Lecture: Hepatic fatty acid synthesis and partitioning: The effect of metabolic and nutritional state

Professor Leanne Hodson, Associate Professor of Diabetes and Metabolism and BHF Senior Research Fellow in Basic Science, University of Oxford

6.30 pm

Drinks reception with street food

Open to all attendees

Day two - Wednesday 6 December

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

10.00 am

Prostate cancer intervention

Professor Sara Faithfull, Professor of Cancer Nursing, University of Surrey

10.30 am

Understanding the role of field cancerization in changing nutritional responses

Dr Bernard Corfe, Course Convenor and Senior Lecturer, University of Sheffield

11.00 am

Panel discussion

11.30 am

Tea and coffee break

Oral communication and poster session II

12.00 pm

Original communications II

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, Clinical Senior Lecturer, University of Sheffield

2.30 pm

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

Dr Michelle Harvie, Lead Research Dietitian, University Hospital South Manchester

3.00 pm

Public health implications and future prospects of improved cancer survival

Professor Alan Jackson, Professor of Human Nutrition, University of Southampton

3.30 pm

Panel discussion

4.00 pm

Close of meeting

register for this event

  • Registration has closed, places are available on the day
  • RSM members: £175 - £385
  • NS members: £175 - £325
  • Non members: £195 - £435


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Jointly organised by

Nutrition Society

This meeting has been endorsed by BDA

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This meeting has been endorsed by AFN


organiser's details

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