The diet dilemma for women with breast cancer
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The diet dilemma for women with breast cancer

Maria Leadbeater Breast cancer information nurse specialist, Breast Cancer Care, North and Midlands, Sheffield

A Breast Cancer Care online survey shows that over 50 per cent of women with breast cancer had made changes to their diet as a result of being diagnosed, yet fewer than 5 per cent had received any dietary advice from health professionals (Breast Cancer Care 2003). However, women with breast cancer rarely have the opportunity to discuss diet in detail with healthcare professionals, and dietitians are not represented in the multidisciplinary teams that plan an individual’s care and treatment. This article addresses what nurses should know about diet and breast cancer.

Cancer Nursing Practice. 3, 7, 19-23. doi: 10.7748/cnp2004.

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