Cancer is still probably one of the most feared diagnosis you can hear. Although people are living longer and longer with and beyond cancer, it still immediately ignites fear!
Besides figuring out a treatment plan one of the first things patients do (or their well-intentioned loved ones) is get online and start researching how to fight cancer. If you’re here, reading this right now, I’m going to assume that you’ve done the same. And I know it's completely overwhelming!
The information is vast and often conflicting, particularly when it comes to diet. There are advocates on every side of the table; vegan, paleo, ketogenic, raw food & fresh juice, alkaline, and the list goes on and on. How do you know which one to do? How do you know which one is going to be the best choice for you?
You can’t know! There is not a one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to cancer and diet. That’s where I come in. I can help you sift through what actually works and what is ultimately going to work best for you. This depends on your cancer, your treatment plan, and your lifestyle.
I don’t think any of us can escape cancer. Whether it’s your own personal cancer journey or that of a family member or friend, we are ALL touched by cancer.
In my own immediate family, I’ve had the following:
My Father – Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
Both of my Grandfathers – Lung Cancer
My Uncle – Colon Cancer
Not to mention friends and co-workers who have journeyed through cancer. I didn’t become a Dietitian thinking I would end up specializing in Cancer but within 4 years of becoming an RD I was sitting for my board specialization in Oncology Nutrition.
This is because I saw firsthand how Food, Nutrition, & Lifestyle choices are at the heart of most cancers. It’s estimated that at least 30% of cancers could be prevented each year with proper diet and possibly even up to 70% when you factor in lifestyle. I decided to dive deep into the why and how?!
Working in a clinical setting I also saw the incredible impact dietary strategies had on helping people get through treatment with the least amount of side effects and best possible outcome.
When my father was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma (5 years ago) I got to put all my research and clinical experience to good use. When it touches you personally of course the odds feel greater. I went with him to his first oncology appointment and immediately asked his oncologist about diet and supplements. I explained my background and what I wanted to do with my Dad and thankfully he was on board.
For the next 6 months my Dad went through intensive chemotherapy to fight his cancer and I’m happy to report that not only was it effective (he’s still cancer-free today) but he was actually able to move through treatment with very little side effects while still working and living his life. Aside from his bald head you wouldn’t even know he was going through treatment.
Now admittedly, everyone’s experience with cancer is different. But I have seen enough times the power of adding good nutrition and sometimes supplements to the equation and what a consistently incredible impact it has for patients.
From the moment you receive that diagnosis, you are on a cancer recovery journey. Whether you’re at the beginning, middle, or end of this journey, I will help you maximize your diet and lifestyle so you can thrive well beyond cancer.
I found Dionne’s website when I was searching for meal planning for my husband. He was recently diagnosed with cancer, and I was very confused with how to go about selecting foods with the myriad of eating plans out there. (ketogenic, macrobiotic, paleo, Zone, anti-cancer, whole foods, raw food, etc.) It was becoming overwhelming, and my husband was losing weight, not quite sure knowing what or what not to eat. Dionne’s meal planning is simple, straight forward, and takes the guess work out of what eat. Her meal plans combine the best of those out there, is balanced, and takes into account anti-inflammatory principles so important for cancer. Plus it’s working! My husband's weight has stabilized, and he looks forward to eating with the varied selections available.
Gail – wife of a cancer patient
I was diagnosed with breast cancer in April 2016. Luckily it was a non-metastasized cancer. So I only had to go through surgery to remove the tumor. No chemotherapy, no radiation. But I was advised to take an estrogen-blocking drug that I did not want to take because, among many side effects, it would aggravate my already existing osteoporosis. I learned that UCSF is working with a center for integrative medicine. There, nutrition plays a big part of the treatment and I was given some important advice: eliminate sugar and greasy food, and eat a lot of phytoestrogens. But after a few months of this strict diet, I felt that I was losing too much weight and I was weak. I needed to speak to a nutritionist. I was then advised to contact Dionne who was living in France. We met on Skype: she explained that I did not eat enough proteins and helped me modify slightly my diet. The result was immediate: I gained enough weight to feel strong and she had reassured me. Dionne is a very warm and caring person. I felt very comfortable with her. She is very knowledgeable in the area that is so important for me right now. She has great recipes on her blog and keeps in touch with me regularly. I can count on her!