By Robin Daly
CANCERTALKMay 13, 2021
The Best of Both Worlds
The remarkable success that Gilly Bertram achieved in recovering fully from a life-threatening astrocytoma - through the judicious use of nutritional therapy and other lifestyle approaches alongside her conventional care - led her to train in nutritional therapy and to focus her work on supporting others with cancer. Gilly discusses the role of integrative approaches in relation to conventional care with CANCERTALK hosts Dr Penny Kechagioglou and Robin Daly.
Supporting Lifestyle Changes
With the spiralling number of people affected by chronic conditions resulting from lifestyle, Health Coaching is becoming an increasingly vital element of Healthcare. Prescribing lifestyle change is simple - adoption of those changes is quite another matter, and specialised support is absolutely essential for most patients.
Izabella Natrins, CEO of UKI Health Coaching Association, talks to podcast hosts Senior Oncologist Penny Kehagioglou and Robin Daly about the work of the Association, which aims to embed health coaching firmly within UK healthcare.
Putting Patients First
Dr Victor Barley was a Consultant Oncologist and former Lead Clinician of Avon, Somerset and Wiltshire Cancer Services Network. Over a long career he developed a passion for integration which had its roots in his early experience of the gaps in care within the impersonal, mechanistic model of healthcare that prevailed at that time. Now retired, Dr Barley continues to look for ways to improve the experience of oncology patients by pushing for more patent-led, patient-centric cancer care in his role as Trustee of Penny Brohn UK.
Time to Care
Dr Robin Youngson trained as an anaesthesiologist in the UK and worked for more than twenty years in New Zealand, becoming an advisor to the NZ government and the World Health Organization on patient safety and strategies for putting people at the centre of healthcare. His passion is re-humanising healthcare and strengthening caring and compassion, and this led him to found the international HEARTS in HEALTHCARE movement, and to write Time to Care, eventually prompting him to leave mainstream healthcare altogether to pursue a relatively new technique which he finds brings rapid help to patients with long-term conditions, in a way that's not currently possible through conventional medicine.
Cancer Care - the Patient Perspective
Chris Lewis is a long-term survivor of cancer who has built a large following on social media through being prepared to 'tell it the way he sees it' about the state of cancer care in the UK and worldwide. He is openly critical of both the NHS and other key players in cancer care when it comes to listening to the needs of patients and building care that meets those needs. In this episode, Chris takes the opportunity to discuss the changes he wants to see with podcast hosts Senior Oncologist Dr Penny Kechagioglou and patient advocate Robin Daly.
Introducing Lifestyle Medicine into Breast Cancer Care
Professor P G Roy is a highly experienced breast cancer surgeon who considers it extremely important to harness the intention of her patients, and to encourage them to engage in lifestyle interventions that can have a significant impact on their outcomes. While she is realistic about the prospects of the introduction of new lifestyle medicine services into our cash-strapped NHS, she finds that within normal appointments, she is able to effectively signpost to local, affordable resources.
Chronobiology - Frontier Science
Is chronobiology set to change the way treatment is delivered? Dr Robert Dallmann has been immersed in the science behind circadian rhythms for many years, and in this episode he describes some of the startling discoveries associated with our inner clocks and how much effect taking them into account could have on treatment outcomes.
BSIO - A Force for Change
The British Society for Integrative Oncology (BSIO) is the leading professional organisation for integrative oncology in the UK. Its stated goal is to promote the integration of conventional, nutritional, lifestyle and complementary medicine to improve the lives of people affected by cancer. It is rapidly becoming an established force for change in cancer care, with a growing membership and a range of annual events and services. Podcast host Dr Penny Kechagioglou is Co-chair of the BSIO, alongside this episode's guest, Dr Nina Fuller-Shavel, who brings us up to date with developments at BSIO.
Both Sides of the Picture
When breast cancer surgeon Liz O'Riordan was herself diagnosed with breast cancer she was immediately confronted by just how little she understood about the experience of the women she had been treating, and about the devastating impact many of the everyday practices of oncology can have on patients. Now, several years on, and following some extremely debilitating treatment, Liz is passionate about sharing her insights gained from experiencing both sides of the picture of cancer care.
Is Gut Health Key to Treatment Success?
James Kinross is a consultant surgeon at Imperial College London and a senior lecturer in colorectal surgery. He is also an expert in the microbiome, with a particular focus in its role in the success of cancer treatments, both surgical and other. This has led to an interest in diet as the most accessible and direct route to affecting the microbiome.
Coaching for Change
In this episode, our guest Aga Kehinde who has a background in nursing as a Cancer Nurse Specialist, has moved into the arena of coaching and wants to bring desperately needed change in oncology through coaching patients in what it means to take charge of and manage their healthcare, and oncology staff in learning an open-hearted and non-hierarchical way of relating to vulnerable patients.
A Broader View of Oncology
Bobby Sira is a Pharmacist, specialised in Oncology, but also an Ayurvedic Practitioner. In this episode, hosts Dr Penny Kechagioglou and Robin Daly ask Bobby about the contrasting views of healthcare that his two disciplines espouse, what he feels Ayurveda and other complementary modalities can offer to mainstream cancer care, and the current obstacles to the integration he would like to see within the NHS.
Dr Shireen Kassam MBBS, FRCPath, PhD, DipIBLM, Consultant Haematologist at King’s College Hospital, London with a specialist interest in lymphoma, is passionate about plant-based nutrition and lifestyle medicine for the prevention and reversal of chronic disease. In this episode, she discusses the potential for these approaches in the management of cancer, and also the issues involved in bringing them into the mainstream. With developments in other fields such as the sub-speciality of Preventative Cardiology, she proposes the introduction of Preventative Oncology as a means to broaden the resources of Oncology, from their current exclusive focus on treatment.
Since the 1980s, Peter Mackereth has been on a mission to get complementary therapies to people with cancer, their families and their carers. He has overcome innumerable obstacles to create services, deliver care, and simultaneously, to build the science behind complementary medicine. In this episode, Peter shares some of his unique insights into the challenges of integration, and the strategies behind his many successes.
Progress in Nutritional Science
In this episode, guest Dr Carol Granger, a registered nutrition practitioner with a degree in biochemistry and a Master’s in microbiology, discusses the advances in nutritional science made in recent decades, as well as the openings that are now beginning to appear for true integration of nutritional science and conventional cancer care.
Is the Move to Integration Now Unstoppable?
Dr Elizabeth Thompson is CEO and founder of the National Centre for Integrative Medicine. In this episode she discusses the development and progress of Integrative Oncology in the UK with regular hosts Dr Penny Kechagioglou, clinical oncologist, and Robin Daly, founder of UK charity Yes to Life.
Food and Mood... and more
Professor Rob Thomas is the UK oncologist who has been championing Lifestyle Medicine for well over a decade. He has designed and run high quality trials of natural products for use in cancer, investigating their potential to improve quality of life and outcomes, as well as publishing books for patients and regularly speaking to both the public and healthcare professionals about the many benefits of Lifestyle Medicine.
In this podcast, Prof Thomas homes in on the many and often serious side-effects of conventional treatments for breast cancer, and how nutrition, exercise and lifestyle can help ameliorate these.
Nurture Through Nature
In this episode, regular hosts Dr Penny Kechagioglou and Robin Daly talk to Dr Sam Watts, an Ayurvedic doctor and cancer research scientist about the striking effects that our connection to nature - or lack of it - can have on our health and wellbeing, particularly if we have cancer.
Resilience Through Cancer Treatment
Functional Medicine Practitioner Mark Bennett joins hosts Dr Penny Kechagioglou and Robin Daly to discuss the many ways that nutritional and lifestyle interventions can support people going through conventional cancer treatments.
Cancer & Covid
Exercise Specialist Lizzy Davis and Nutritional Therapist Kirsten Chick join the CANCERTALK hosts, Senior NHS Oncologist Dr Penny Kechagioglou and Robin Daly of Yes to Life, to discuss the many significant challenges faced by people with cancer during lockdown, and to explore the potential of exercise and nutrition to support resilience and wellbeing.
Introduction to CANCERTALK
Dr Penny Kechagioglou and Robin Daly describe the aims and content of the CANCERTALK podcast series.