Entries Tagged "Nutrition"

Eating right for improved well-being during and after cancer treatment

Nutrition is an important part of your cancer treatment and recovery. The American Cancer Society’s Guidelines for Nutrition and Physical Activity for Cancer Prevention provide good advice on healthy eating for cancer prevention for all individuals, including cancer survivors. These guidelines are based on strong, scientific evidence that shows that eating a healthful diet, along with regular physical activity, can promote health and reduce the risk of developing cancer or the risk of recurrence. Here are some suggestions...

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Shelly Kokkeler
Posted July 18, 2011

Healthier You: WVCI follows own wellness advice, commits to get fit

At Willamette Valley Cancer Institute, we’re dedicated to helping our patients reach optimal health. Because nutrition plays an integral role in achieving and maintaining good health, we offer nutrition counseling to assist patients in making informed lifestyle choices. And, we know that it’s important to follow our own advice, too.

Recently, I began encouraging WVCI physicians and staff to take steps to achieve better health. Here, I’ll share my expertise and tips with you...

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Shelly Kokkeler
Posted July 25, 2011

Breast cancer nurse navigator knows from experience

As a cancer survivor, Linda DeHart knows what it's like to navigate the cancer journey. In her role as a certified breast cancer nurse navigator at Willamette Valley Cancer Institute, she assists patients every step of the way, from their first consult with an oncologist, through treatment and beyond.

With 41 years in the health care field and through her personal experience, DeHart has both first-hand and professional expertise and insight to help patients feel supported...

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By Josh Kermisch, executive director of WVCI

Posted October 26, 2011

Healthier You: Eat well and exercise to reduce cancer risk

Eating well, staying active and maintaining a healthy weight are key to reducing cancer risk. The American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) concluded that we can control these factors based on what we eat, how much we move and how much we weigh.

Here are the AICR’s recommendations for cancer prevention...

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By Shelly Kokkeler, certified specialist in oncology nutrition

Posted November 16, 2011

For a healthier you, dish up proper portions

As you pass the Thanksgiving platter, keep portion sizes in mind. By all means, enjoy the feast, but consume in moderation. As portion sizes have increased over the years, so has obesity, which is directly related to an increased risk of several cancers.

Twenty years ago, a bagel was about the size of an English muffin and weighed about two ounces. Today, a “regular” bagel weighs almost four ounces and is equivalent to four slices of bread...

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By Shelly Kokkeler, certified specialist in oncology nutrition

Posted November 23, 2011

Omega-3 fatty acids in fish oil may slow prostate cancer cell growth

A low-fat diet supplemented with fish oil may help slow the growth of prostate cancer, according to research at UCLA's Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center. 

The study results show that omega-3 fatty acids in fish oil help lower the rate of rapidly dividing cells in prostate cancer tissue. A lower rate of proliferation means a lesser chance of the cancer spreading to outside the prostate, where it would be harder to treat, says study researcher Dr. William Aronson...

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By Josh Kermisch, executive director of WVCI

Posted December 12, 2011

Celebrate healthy holiday eating

Between potlucks, parties and other festivities, the holiday season can be a difficult time to maintain healthy eating habits. However, with some planning and moderation, you can enjoy holiday treats without sacrificing your health.

The American Institute for Cancer Research provides these recommendations to help you enjoy holiday festivities in a healthy, cancer-preventative manner...

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By Shelly Kokkeler, certified specialist in oncology nutrition

Posted December 21, 2011

Study says folate cancels out increased cancer risk from alcohol

The health benefits and detriments of drinking alcohol are often debated. Some research shows that moderate consumption of red wine helps reduce heart disease and bad cholesterol. But, there are also many known risks with excessive alcohol consumption, including increased cancer risk.

In a recent article of The Register-Guard, nutritionist Linda Prout cites a Harvard study about the interaction between alcohol and folate. Folate is a B-vitamin that's essential for DNA creation and cell growth. Alcohol inhibits the body's absorption of folate, and deficiencies in folate are linked to several cancers, memory loss and depression...

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By Josh Kermisch, executive director of WVCI

Posted December 27, 2011

Stay hydrated to reduce risk of bladder cancer

Drinking large amounts of fluids, more than 2.5 liters a day, may decrease men's risk of bladder cancer by 24 percent. Eddie Jiachen Zhou, lead researcher for the study at Brown University, explains that the fluids can flush out potential cancer-causing agents before they can damage tissues and cause cancer.

The study lasted 22 years and included 47,909 men between the ages of 40 and 75. The men were surveyed every four years about the amount of fluids they drank. Those who drank at least 2.5 liters a day decreased their risk of bladder cancer by 24 percent...

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By Josh Kermisch, executive director of WVCI

Posted February 3, 2012

Eat more fruits, vegetables and whole grains to reduce cancer risk

Researchers are continuously investigating how diet affects cancer development and what foods may reduce cancer risk. Stanford Medicine compiled study findings about nutrition’s role in reducing risk of common cancers and other diseases. These findings suggest that phytochemicals, anti-oxidants and omega-3 fatty acids, which are compounds found in fruits, vegetables and whole grains, help prevent disease...

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By WVCI Dietitian Shelly Kokkeler, MS, RD, CSO, LD

Posted March 2, 2012

Good calorie, bad calorie: unprocessed foods are best for overall health

As the sun starts to shine more frequently this summer, my mind turns to two things: getting in shape and ice cream. Admittedly, these are at odds with each other, but such is my annual warm-weather dilemma.

I don't buy into dieting fads and have always relied on a simple formula: exercising to burn more calories than I take in. The downfall of my fitness regimen? I pay little attention to what kind of calories I am eating, which could be detrimental to my overall health...

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By Josh Kermisch, WVCI executive director.
Reviewed by Shelly Kokkeler, WVCI dietitian.

Posted July 3, 2012

The New American Plate: A free presentation on healthy eating

Join me, Willamette Valley Cancer Institute's dietitian, for a discussion on "The New American Plate," a fresh way of looking at what you eat every day.

This presentation is designed for those who have completed cancer treatment or who are going through treatment without dietary restrictions. It is also open to anyone interested in weight management or reducing risk of cancer and other chronic diseases...

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By WVCI Dietitian Shelly Kokkeler, MS, RD, CSO, LD

Posted February 27, 2013

Eating: The body maintenance program

When I was diagnosed with prostate cancer, I payed attention to the things I ate and how they tie to cancer. You don't want to live paranoid, but you do want to live smart. If I have a choice, I'm going to choose wisely.

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By Rick Dancer

Posted September 18, 2013

Free Presentation: The New American Plate

A sensible approach to eating for better health, presented by Dietician Shelly Kokkeler, MS, RD, CSO, LD.

Wednesday, April 23
5:30 - 6:30 pm
Willamette Valley Cancer Institute Community Room
520 Country Club Road

Call 541-681-4945 to register

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Posted April 2, 2014

Looking at nutritional supplements

Cancer can be frightening. There's no denying it. So I can understand why, in a situation that feels out of control, patients seek ways to take control back. One of the most common ways is through self-treatment.

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By Jeff Sharman, MD

Posted October 3, 2014