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Nutrition for Breast-Cancer Survivors

December 28, 2006
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"Nutrition for the New Year: Managing Weight and Nutrition Through Diagnosis and Beyond" is the focus of the next Living Beyond Breast Cancer networking meeting, Tuesday, Jan. 30, from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., at the Philadelphia Marriott West in West Conshohocken.

Debra DeMille, M.S., R.D., LDN, of the Joan Karnell Cancer Center at Pennsylvania Hospital will discuss the benefits of adequate nutrition during and beyond treatment, and will answer questions about nutrition and fitness.

Some breast-cancer treatments can weaken the immune system and prompt a number of side effects, including fatigue and nausea. Previous studies have shown that nutritious foods can lessen these side effects and help women's bodies stay strong to fight infection.

Healthy eating and exercise can also reduce the risk of some hormone-sensitive breast cancers returning because estrogen is stored in fat.

DeMille will try and help women understand how to use eating strategies and exercise to maintain weight and well-being during treatment, and how to manage any side effects.

She will also discuss the nutritional needs of families affected by breast cancer, strategies for adopting healthier eating habits, healthful eating and workout tips to reduce the risk of developing a new or recurrent breast cancer.

To register, call 610-645-4567 or go to: www.lbbc.org.

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