The World Cancer Research Fund International (WCRF) has published its 2014 report Continuous Update Report: Diet, Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Breast Cancer Survivors.
The report advises eating a plant-based diet, keeping to a healthy weight and regular physical activity remain the best strategies for breast cancer survivors, but World Cancer Research Fund International’s expert panel of scientists believes the available scientific evidence is still not strong enough to give concrete recommendations specifically to survivors.
Baroness Delyth Morgan, Chief Executive at Breast Cancer Campaign, says:
This important report has highlighted that while there is evidence suggesting that leading a healthy lifestyle can improve women’s chances of surviving breast cancer, gaps remain in our understanding of the best advice to offer women.
More research into aspects of diet, exercise, and maintaining a healthy weight is vital to gain a clearer understanding of how lifestyle changes may help more women to overcome and outlive their breast cancer. We look forward to the results of ongoing studies to provide stronger evidence on this. In the meantime the information and advice given to women as part of their written care plan should be updated based on the latest evidence.
By 2025, we hope all those diagnosed with breast cancer, and the people close to them, will receive individually tailored information and support to meet their needs, to help them live with and manage the consequences of breast cancer and its treatment.”