Making lifestyle changes after colorectal cancer

The LCA Colorectal Clinical Forum on 14 July looked at evidence for making lifestyle changes after colorectal cancer. Professor Robert Thomas, colorectal oncologist at Cranfield University, Bedford and Addenbrooke’s Cambridge University Hospitals, presented an exciting overview of the evidence for increasing exercise, stopping smoking and making dietary changes to help reduce the risk of relapse. He was followed by Soraya Barrett, a dietitian at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, who presented positive case studies of patients who had put this into practice.

There was also a review of the qualitative data from the electronic Holistic Needs Assessment patient feedback, which helped to inform the colorectal patient information guidance and the colorectal-specific content for treatment summaries. The information will also be used to design the colorectal content for health and wellbeing events.

Attendees also agreed to adopt and embed the LCA Colorectal Enhanced Recovery Checklist across the LCA. The forum concluded with a debate for and against adopting the open mesocolic excision technique. As a result, a task and finish group will be set up to agree a position statement and any subsequent guidance.

Presentations from the event are available here.   


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