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Obesity, Energy Balance and Cancer Survivorship

This event was presented as a live webinar on May 10, 2013.

Event code: 19639
CPE Hours: 2.0
CPE Level: 2
Suggested Learning Need Codes: 5150, 5370, 3020, 2110, 6020

This recording will address how and why obesity has negative impacts on cancer prognosis and survivorship. The attendee will learn why patients may gain weight during treatment, and how medical and lifestyle approaches can be used to better manage the positive energy balance that contributes to weight gain during and after cancer treatment. The speakers will discuss the role of the registered dietitian in facilitating neutral energy balance and prevention of unhealthy weight gain in the oncology patient and cancer survivor populations.

Learning Objectives

Clinicians should be able to:

  • Review the observational and interventional data linking obesity and cancer prognosis.
  • Explain the basic pathophysiology underlying obesity’s negative impact on cancer treatment outcomes, and the promising medical approaches (e.g., metformin) that are being investigated to address this issue.
  • Identify the intersecting roles of medical intervention, lifestyle counseling/training and nutrition management for addressing obesity’s contribution to poorer cancer-related outcomes and overall health.
  • Address weight gain prevention versus weight loss at various points throughout the cancer care continuum.
  • Identify and facilitate application of promising lifestyle approaches for weight management among cancer survivors.

Presenters

  • Jennifer Ligibel, MD
    Oncologist, Dana Farber Cancer Institute/Harvard Cancer Center, Boston, MA
  • Wendy Demark-Wahnefried, PhD, RD
    Professor and Webb Endowed Chair of Nutrition Sciences and Associate Director, University of Alabama Birmingham Comprehensive Cancer Center, Birmingham, AL

Academy Moderator

  • Suzanne Dixon, MPH, MS, RD
    Epidemiologist and Professional and Consumer Health Educator, The Health Geek, LLC, Portland, OR

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