Improving information provision on nutrition and cancer - For cancer survivors and health professionals

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Improving information provision on nutrition and cancer - For cancer survivors and health professionals

Promovendus MR (Merel) van Veen
Copromotor prof.dr.ir. E (Ellen) Kampman
dr. S Beijer
Organisatie Wageningen University, Human Nutrition & Health
Datum

wo 18 september 2019 11:00 tot zo 18 augustus 2019 12:30

Locatie Auditorium, building number 362
Generaal Foulkesweg 1
362
6703 BG Wageningen
0317-483592

Summary

Aim of the thesis was to improve the nutritional information provision for
cancer survivors, the general public and health professionals. Adherence
to the WCRF/AICR recommendations for cancer prevention improves the health-related quality of life of colorectal cancer (CRC) survivors. As the percentage of cancer survivors adhering to these guidelines is disappointing, I focused on the association between nutritional information provision and CRC survivors’ beliefs on nutrition and cancer, and between nutritional information provision and dietary changes in cancer survivors.
I assessed what percentage of oncology nurses perceived themselves to have insufficient knowledge to provide advice on nutrition and/or physical activity to their patients and which characteristics were associated with oncology nurses’ perception of having insufficient knowledge. To directly provide cancer survivors, the general public and health professionals with correct information about diet and cancer, we developed the website voedingenkankerinfo.nl to fight fiction and support facts about nutrition and cancer.