The National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship (NCCS) hosted a Survivorship Champions webinar discussing the American Society for Clinical Oncology’s (ASCO) Guidelines for Exercise, Nutrition, and Weight Management and how to best implement them in a clinical setting.
Sami Mansfield, founder of Cancer Wellness for Life, and Wendy Demark-Wahnefried, PhD, RD, a professor of nutrition sciences at the University of Alabama at Birmingham lead the discussion, presenting strategies for health care professionals to improve wellness for patients with a history of cancer. Their presentation reviews the ASCO Guidelines for Exercise, Nutrition & Weight Management as well as the key components of wellness.
Ms. Mansfield and Dr. Demark-Wahnefried also discuss:
- Strategies for communicating with your patients.
- Implementing guidelines into clinical care, including case studies & quality improvement project ideas.
- Making a toolkit for your program.
Watch the full video below or watch on YouTube.
Webinar Slides and Presentation Resources
- Webinar Slide Deck (PDF)
- ASCO Guideline: Exercise, Diet, and Weight Management During Cancer Treatment
- WCRF/AICR Guidelines and Resources
- Resources on implementation of guidelines
- American Cancer Society Guidelines for Cancer Survivors
- Obesity & Cancer Risk – CDC Data
- Exercise Guidelines for Cancer Survivors: Consensus Statement from International Multidisciplinary Roundtable
- Exercise is medicine in oncology: Engaging clinicians to help patients move through cancer
- Cancer Wellness & Support Program at the Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute at HCA Midwest Health
Resources for Survivors Recommended by the Presenters
- ASC Survivor Shine
- ACS Eat Healthy & Get Active
- AICR – American Institute for Cancer Research
- ACSM Exercise is Medicine – Program Directory
- ACSM – Patient Education PDF
- Cancer.Net – Managing Your Weight
- Cancer.Net – Get started at home! – Article by presenter Sami Mansfield
- Coping with Cancer through exercise – Podcast with presenter Sami Mansfield and Dr. Sheila Lahijani
- NCCN Healthy Living PDF (Requires free registration on NCCN website.)
- Amplify Weight Management Clinical Trial
This webinar is a part of NCCS’s Survivorship Champions program for clinicians and researchers who are interested in improving cancer survivorship care. Learn more at canceradvocacy.org/champions.
About the Speakers
Sami Mansfield is the founder of Cancer Wellness for Life, which focuses on developing, implementing, and enhancing oncology wellness and exercise resources. Her consulting efforts target cancer centers, hospital and health care organizations, pharmaceutical companies, non-profits, and individuals impacted by cancer. Sami began her career in 2003 and is one of the world’s first cancer exercise specialists and wellness experts. Her experience working with countless cancer survivors worldwide and seeing the power of exercise and wellness strategies in their lives is the driving force behind her persistence and passion. Sami is known for her program development and implementation skills to guide cancer programs and healthcare organizations to create cost savings strategies and deliver a high return on their investment.
Wendy Demark-Wahnefried, PhD, RD is Professor and Webb Endowed Chair of Nutrition Sciences at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) and also Associate Director for Cancer Prevention and Control at the O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center at UAB. Her research ranges from determining mechanisms of action of nutrition-based therapies to developing and testing home-based interventions that are scalable, and which improve diet, physical activity and functional status among cancer survivors. To date, this research has been supported by 16 NIH grants and has resulted in over 300 peer-reviewed publications. Currently, her research teams are testing the impact of a vegetable gardening intervention among cancer survivors across Alabama, and a web-based diet (weight loss) and exercise intervention entitled AiM, Plan and act on LIFestYles (AMPLIFY) among older survivors of obesity-related cancers across the United States.