The Diet and Cancer research group is part of the Chair of Nutrition and Disease of Wageningen University. The research group was formed in 2008 and is led by professor Ellen Kampman. The ultimate goal of our research is to decrease the risk of cancer and to improve the health of those with cancer through better nutrition.
Starting from the initial years, our research focusses on the role of diet and other lifestyle factors in the development of cancer. In recent years, the focus extended towards the role of diet, body composition, other lifestyle factors and diet-gene interactions during and after cancer treatment. We are a multidisciplinary team, including epidemiologists, nutritionists and (medical) biologists. We conduct observational epidemiological studies as well as human experimental studies.
Yearly, we organize the MSc-course Nutrition and Cancer at Wageningen University. In October 2018, the Massive Open Online Course on Nutrition and Cancer was launched. This course is specifically provided for health professionals. In 2019, for the third time, we organize an international Masterclass on Nutrition and Cancer for PhD students and postdocs in collaboration with Graduate School VLAG and the World Cancer Research Fund.
Currently, several studies are ongoing, led and coordinated by the Nutrition and Cancer research group. Click on one of the key projects to read more about these studies.
Key publications Nutrition and Cancer
Low radiographic muscle density is associated with lower overall and disease-free survival in early-stage colorectal cancer patientsJournal of Cancer Research and Clinical Oncology 144 (2018)11. - ISSN 0171-5216 - p. 2139 - 2147.
Dietary intake of magnesium or calcium and chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy in colorectal cancer patientsNutrients 10 (2018)4. - ISSN 2072-6643
Lifestyle after Colorectal Cancer Diagnosis in Relation to Survival and Recurrence : A Review of the LiteratureCurrent Colorectal Cancer Reports 13 (2017)5. - ISSN 1556-3790 - p. 370 - 401.
Weight change during chemotherapy in breast cancer patients : A meta-analysisBMC Cancer 17 (2017)1. - ISSN 1471-2407
An increase in physical activity after colorectal cancer surgery is associated with improved recovery of physical functioning : A prospective cohort studyBMC Cancer 17 (2017)1. - ISSN 1471-2407