Recent research shows that lifestyle changes can make a real, positive difference to people living with cancer. Healthy eating has been shown to reduce the risk of cancer and other diseases, whilst physical activity can help with fatigue and even increase survival in some cancers. In addition, stress reduction techniques, such as meditation have been shown to have a positive influence on wellbeing and the way the immune system works.
We make sure we keep up-to-date with the latest research findings. Our Healthy Eating Guidelines, for example, are informed by the latest research relating to nutrition and cancer, including the landmark World Cancer Research Fund report.
“The techniques I discovered for managing my stress response were a godsend for me. They really helped me to stay calm and more centred in situations that would previously have left me spinning.” – Anna
All of our services are informed by evidence, including our own programme of rigorous evaluation.
Our most recent service evaluation shows that many people who have attended a Living Well course report a reduction in their cancer-related concerns, improved wellbeing and a better sense of their own needs – of self-care. They also tell us their relationships have improved, thanks to lifestyle changes including diet, exercise and stress management.
This commitment to research and evaluation, together with our experience, means we can state confidently that the Bristol Whole Life Approach has a significant, positive impact on those living with cancer.