Neal Barnard, M.D. TCP-03

The Physicians Committee

Nutrition and Cancer Web Seminars

Nutrition and Breast Cancer Survival

Originally Presented On: Saturday, July 22, 2006

Event:  The Cancer Project’s 2006 Cancer & Nutrition Symposium in Bethesda, Md.

Speaker: Neal Barnard, M.D.
Nutrition researcher, author, and founder and president of The Cancer Project.

Synopsis: Healthful diets are associated not only with reduced risk of developing breast cancer, but also with improved survival, according to findings from observational studies. Following on these optimistic findings, two major clinical trials are in progress, testing whether diet changes can reduce the risk of recurrence after a breast cancer diagnosis. Early results suggest that indeed they can. These findings were described, along with mechanisms by which diet changes help.

Intended Audience: Internists, oncologists, registered dieticians, registered nurses, and cancer researchers.

Objectives: Upon completion of this Web Seminar, participants should be able to:

  • have an understanding of the recent research on diet for breast cancer survival;
  • be able to describe the relationship between dietary fat and body fat to breast cancer risk and survival; and
  • have an understanding of diet's effects on hormone levels.

CMEs: Not available for this event.

Speaker Bio:  Neal Barnard, M.D.
Neal Barnard, M.D.Neal Barnard, M.D., is a nutrition researcher, an author, and the founder and president of The Cancer Project, an organization that works to advance cancer prevention and survival through nutrition education and research. The Cancer Project started as a program of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) in 1991 and became an incorporated affiliate of PCRM in 2004 to better educate the public about diet’s role in cancer prevention and survival. Founded in 1985 by Dr. Barnard, PCRM has evolved into a nationwide organization of physicians and laypersons that promotes preventive medicine, especially good nutrition, and addresses controversies in modern medicine, including ethical issues in research.

Dr. Barnard is also an adjunct associate professor of medicine at George Washington University. He has been the principal investigator on several clinical trials, including a recent National Institutes of Health-funded study on diet and diabetes. He is the author of 14 books.