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Professor Robert Thomas MD
Consultant Oncologist, Lifestyle Research Scientist


Plus foreword by Paula Radcliffe,  World champion marathon runner and evidence based contributions from people living with and beyond cancer, nutritionists, dietitians, radiographers and exercise professionals


Contents   | Paula's foreword | Free chapter  | Book facts 


One of the most common and important questions asked by people following a diagnosis of cancer, is; “What can we do to help yourselves?” The answers are provided by this completely revised and updated book. This second, 2011, edition describes the high quality research from around the world which has demonstrated that diet, exercise and other lifestyle changes can; help avoid cancer; help you cope with treatments side effects; reduce the risks of complications of cancer treatments; slow the rate of progression of cancer and help prevent your cancer relapsing. 

What some of the 5000 readers of the sell out first edition have said:

"This book has been fundamental in providing well needed support, arming my mother with the tools to win her own personal marathon" Paula Radcliffe world Champion runner.

"This book stands out from the crowd - it sorts out the wheat from the Chaff. My lifestyle bible, it helped me to recover earlier with more confidence" Cecilia Nicholson journalist and survivor.

"As we have a family history of breast cancer, this book has guided me to a lifestyle to reduce my own risks, explaining clearly why, how and what really matters in my daily routine" Liz Bray

"This was my guide to recovery" Peter Jones Survivor

"The book gave me the confidence to know what is right as it was written by an expert in both cancer treatments and lifestyle" Jane Aitken Survivor


About the author

Professor Robert Thomas is one of the UK's leading experts in lifestyle, information and quality of life research, voted both Hospital Doctor magazine Doctor of the Year and the Pfizer, Oncologist of the Year. Since the first edition of the book, he has been commissioned to review the international evidence for lifestyle and cancer for the Macmillan survivorship programme and now chairs their survivorship advisory committee. As well as leading a busy cancer unit treating patients with chemotherapy, radiotherapy, hormones and biological therapies at Bedford and Addenbrooke's Cambridge University Trusts, he has a strong clinical and academic interest in lifestyle and self help strategies. He was the UK's highest recruiter into the national Diet after Breast cancer study (Diet-Complyf),  has published the world's largest prospective lifestyle study involving men with prostate cancer, designed and conducted the World' largest randomised controlled trials evaluating the influence  of a  polyphenol rich food supplement on cancer progression and designed the UK's first approved course in cancer rehabilitation for exercise professionals which is now being delivered nationally. He is currently chair of the UK's walking for health programme and patron of the national Conference of Cancer Survivors. 


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Foreword by Paula Radcliffe World champion marathon runner  

My mum, although exceptional in many ways, is, I’m sure, similar to thousands of people who have had the trauma of cancer thrust upon them. As well as wanting to make sure she had the best possible medical care and fully understand her treatment options, she had a strong desire to know the best ways to help herself.  Day to day questions which seem straight forward before cancer now had an added complexity especially after the side effects of surgery, radiotherapy, chemotherapy and herceptin started creeping in. For example; What to eat, what not to eat, should I exercise less or more, if so how and where to exercise, would a supplement help, are they safe?

The problem is where to look for these answers? Medicine is similar to sport science in this regard, despite the great benefits of the information age; it is still difficult to sort the wheat from the chaff, to know which advice is based on myth and hearsay and which is based on fact and proof. Just as there are hundreds of books explaining how to run faster for longer, there are countless books telling you how to you how to live better for longer. On top of this there are literally thousands of websites, usually trying to sell you something, which claim to have the answer to fighting cancer, ranging from coffee enemas to magnets.

As a cancer expert who has worked closely with patients for many years, Professor Thomas is very aware of the concerns which many patients have, not only with conventional treatments, but with dietary, exercise and lifestyle issues after cancer. I know, from my mum’s contact with him during her treatment, that he is sensitive to fact that patients like my mum need to feel in control and have a strong positive desire to help themselves. As a scientist and a doctor, he has an exceptional knowledge of the important topics around lifestyle and cancer, not only from his own research, but from regular scrutiny of the world literature. This book, therefore, provides just what people need to empower themselves - a reliable tool based only on best available evidence, containing relevant practical guidance sensitive to the psychological, cultural and physical needs of people after cancer.

    We, as a family, have already striven to win, most obviously in sport and careers, but now with this recent turn of events in fighting cancer. To do this, as well as determination, effort and dedication, we needed, and continue to need, accurate advice and help. Certainly for my mum, this book has been fundamental in providing this well needed support and arming her with the tools to win her own personal marathon.  I know she cannot thank Professor Thomas enough for his dedication, professional expertise and commitment.

Paula Radcliffe


Who would benefit from this book:

  • Those who want to life a healthy lifestyle to avoid cancer

  • Those who want to empower themselves after a diagnosis of cancer 

  • Those who want to reduce their risk of their cancer relapsing after treatment

  • Those who want to improve their overall chance of long term cure

  • Men who want to slow the growth of their indolent prostate cancer

  • Families and friends of those affected by cancer

  • Professionals interested in the evidence for lifestyle and cancer


What's new in this second edition

As far as possible, the information and advice is based only on the facts or, in medical terms, reliable, high quality published research evidence from around the world. For this reason it dispels hearsay and urban myths but instead provides the reassurance and confidence that the efforts required to change an established and often comfortable lifestyle are worthwhile and likely to reap major benefits.

Since the first edition many more studies have been published in international medical journals as the importance of lifestyle is now beginning to be realised by health professionals and academic institutions. These have been included into this edition making it more up-to-date, topical and relevant to the stresses of modern day life.

New chapters have been added on quality of life, psychological well-being, complementary therapies and nutritional testing making it bigger, better and more focused on issues which affect people in all aspects of their daily lives, not just those which affect hospital treatments.

Many readers, including patients who have survived cancer, their friends and relatives, have also written with valuable feedback and useful tips. This feedback from individuals from a wide range of cultural backgrounds ranges from the best ways to exercise, how to communicate with relatives and friends, practical tips such as how to grind linseeds and what happens if yohis book aims to empower individuals with reliable information to ensure they can make the right lifestyle choices. The advice in the twenty chapters will ensure the best possible outcome after the trauma of cancer and its treatments - maximising the chances of living better and stronger for longer. This edition has been expanded to include information and advice on cancer prevention so, as well as being an ideal resource for those with a survivorship agenda it is now also highly relevant to anyone concerned about cancer in general.u eat too many goji berries! This feedback has also been incorporated into this edition making it even more readable and applicable to individuals from all walks of life. Likewise, if you have any comments of what should be included, expanded or omitted from the next edition please feel free to contact us (health-education@clara.co.uk)

The structure of the book has been simplified to make it more enjoyable and easier to read. It is now split into three main parts:

The book begins by describing the background to cancer, what causes it, how it is inherited and how environmental and lifestyle factors aid or interfere with our body’s ability to fight it and stop it spreading.

It then breaks down the most important specific factors in our lifestyle which influence how we cope with the effects of the disease and treatments and how they influence its progression or relapse. It summarises the published literature from across the world, describing studies proving the benefits or risks of this or that particular element of lifestyle. It then describes how the chemical and physical elements of the individual lifestyle interact with cancer, or our bodily processes, to confer a benefit or cause harm.

Part two provides everyday lifestyle advice. - This is the real meat on the bones, providing easy to follow practical tips describing the activities of daily living we should do more of and what we should do less of to stop cancer progressing or relapsing and to improve the overall chance of cure.

Part three refers to the symptoms and effects commonly experienced after cancer either caused by the disease itself or the subsequent treatments. For ease of explanation it breaks down these symptoms into specific topics and describes practical tips to relieve them or minimise their effects on the body.


Examples of the many facts you will find in this book:

Fact: Sunbathing after colon cancer reduces the risk of relapse.

Fact: Most people in the west are Vitamin D  and omega 3 deficient  

Fact: Soya and linseed intake reduces breast cancer relapse

Fact: Burnt toast is very high in carcinogens - avoid

Fact: Excess grapefruit increases older women’s breast cancer risk.  

Fact: Zinc, if you have normal levels, increases your cancer risk.  

Fact: Bad fats after cancer increases the relapse risk.  

Fact: Good fats after cancer reduces the relapse risk.  

Fact: High cholesterol after prostate cancer increases the relapse risk  

Fact: Cod liver oil has too much vitamin A so fish oils are better

Fact: You can make you own superfoods

Fact: You can measure your micronutrient levels design your own optimal diet

Fact: There are two types of pelvic floor exercises

Fact: Exercising for greater than 2.5 hours/week after cancer reduces the chance of relapse  

Fact: Ordinary tea is as healthy as green tea!  

Fact: Selenium in Brazil nuts counterbalances the mercury in tuna fish


Cancer Estilo de Vida (ISBN 9780955821226)

Este libro es una guía práctica sobre el estilo de vida especialmente pensado para individuos que tuvieron cáncer o están en tratamiento. De manera sencilla se presenta información veraz obtenida científicamente a través de investigaciones realizadas a nivel mundial, incorpora las experiencias de pacientes provenientes de distintas culturas y se enriquece con la participación de médicos especialistas, enfermeras, nutriólogos y expertos en oncología, estilo de vida y difusión de la ciencia. En este libro describimos la enorme influencia que usted, con la ayuda de sus amigos y familiares, puede tener en disminuir las posibilidades de desarrollar cáncer o, si usted ya lo tuvo, a vivir mejor y por más tiempo. Es una cuidadosa guía que le puede ayudar particularmente a:   

 - reducir los riesgos y las complicaciones del cáncer

 - majored su calidad de vida y restaurar su confianza

 - frenar el crecimiento de algunos cánceres como el de la próstata

 - prevenir las recaídas del cáncer después de tratamiento inicial

 - mejorar en general la posibilidad de curación.

Electronic download

Also available form Lulu although tend to be expensive and prices vary considerably from country to country


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