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Insights Into Cancer – August 14, 2012

Making Sense of Nutrition and Supplements in Cancer

Presented by Karen Duvall, MD, MPH and Mary L. Hardy, MD

About the Lecture

Nutrition is an area in which individuals with cancer often have many concerns. These concerns include the role of nutrition in potentially causing or preventing cancer. Media presents conflicting nutritional messages leaving patients confused about what advice to take. However, recent research has identified foods and/or supplements that may be important in the prevention of cancers as well as the reduction of recurrence. Dr. Duvall discusses the foundations of healthy diets that aid in making someone’s body as cancer unfriendly as possible so that individuals can make informed choices in light of changing recommendations. Beyond diet, choosing appropriate supplements and complementary therapies can be overwhelming as well. Dr. Hardy guides those interested in complementary approaches and nutritional supplements to choose those supplements that are most likely help maintain health or reduce disease risk. The goal of this lecture is to help patients, their family members and others interested in preventing cancer to be as well educated as possible in making sound lifestyle choices.

About the Speaker

Karen Duvall, MD, MPH is Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Associate Director of the Preventive Medicine Residency Program at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. In her practice, she is involved in the care of women including those at risk for breast cancer. She is also involved in breast and prostate cancer prevention research and the associated debates on nutrition and supplements. She has a practical understanding of the issues faced by individuals as they make decisions about what to eat. She is involved in the training of residents in the field of preventive medicine.
Mary L. Hardy, MD is a physician at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, the Medical Director of the Simms/Mann – UCLA Center for Integrative Oncology and board certified in internal medicine. She is an integrative medicine physician who educates patients and family members about complementary medicine choices, nutrition and dietary supplements. Her clinical practice for more than 17 years has focused on integrating the best of western conventional medicine with appropriate complementary therapies for a wide variety of patients, including people with cancer. She has a special interest in botanical medicine and has trained with scientists and herbalists all over the world.

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