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Lifestyle and Cancer: The Facts – Second edition
Author: Robert Thomas
Publisher: Health Education Publications
I approached this book with a degree of scepticism. Is it really possible that lifestyle choices make a difference to survivorship from cancer?
The evidence in Robert Thomas’s book is compelling and I am completely won over. Early in the book, Professor Thomas writes: ‘What this book sets out to demonstrate is the enormous importance of a healthy lifestyle after a diagnosis of cancer.’ This is exactly what he achieves.
He shows the evidence that lies behind the theory and the value of promoting the changes that have such potential to in fluence the outcomes for people with cancer.
We are all familiar with the idea that lifestyle choices can in fluence the initial likelihood of developing cancer and possibly we also acknowledge that positive thinking will in fluence each day of living with cancer, if not the eventual outcome.
The latest evidence is that diet and exercise during and after cancer treatment will have a positive effect on the outcome.
This book is written for patients, families and health professionals. It is accessible and user-friendly, with a well-researched evidence base. I recommend it to everyone who is journeying with cancer.
Reviewer: Marion Foreman
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