DALLAS, July 10, 2018 /PRNewswire-iReach/
Longtime cancer survivorship advocate Beth Sanders Moore of Dallas has joined the National Governing Board of the Nutritional Needs of Cancer Survivors Program at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston.
The Tufts program aims to improve the quality of life and long-term health of cancer survivors through improved nutrition. Its delivery is built on partnerships with cancer survivors, caregivers, healthcare providers, policymakers, and payers who are engaged in the complex web of factors that influence the nutritional status of cancer survivors.
"While many survivors are highly motivated to seek information about dietary changes to improve their long-term health, cancer survivors in the United States have poor adherence to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans," noted the program's director, Fang Fang Zhang, MD, PhD. "The gap between a desire for improved health and poor dietary habits highlights the strong need for identifying and addressing barriers for cancer survivors adhering to dietary guidelines."
The program received Tier I financial support from the Patient-Centered Outcome Research Institute, established to fund research that helps patients and caregivers make better-informed decisions about healthcare choices.
The primary goal of Tier II research is to engage cancer survivors to assess nutritional needs and barriers. For that phase of study, Dr. Zhang has developed a unique evidence-based nutrition tool kit to support oncology patients nutritionally during and after cancer treatment.
"I look forward to promoting Dr. Zhang's research through outreach to and consultation with the cancer survivor community," said Beth Sanders Moore. "Evidence is clear that cancer survivors can enhance their post-treatment health through diet. Whenever I'm given a platform, I urge survivors to make diet and exercise top priorities in their lives."
Among those joining Moore on the board are oncology community representatives from National Coalition of Cancer Survivors, American Cancer Society, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, and Tufts University School of Medicine.
About Beth Sanders Moore
For more than 25 years, Beth Sanders Moore has been an advocate for national-reach breast health and cancer survivorship programs. A long-term cancer survivor, she is Founder of CancerForward: The Foundation For Cancer Survivors, a nonprofit organization chartered to educate the public about cancer survivorship care planning. In her role as a career Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE), and as a nonprofit volunteer, Beth has headed campaigns that have netted more than $200 million for arts, education, and health care organizations -- with a significant portion earmarked for aid to cancer patients and survivors at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston and UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. A one-time nominee for a White House appointment to the National Cancer Advisory Board, Beth serves as a community member on survivorship research projects at teaching hospitals throughout the U.S. An author and writer, she speaks frequently on breast health awareness and coping with cancer through mind, body, and spiritual care.
About Fang Fang Zhang, MD, PhD
Fang Fang Zhang, MD, PhD, is Project Leader of the Nutritional Needs of Cancer Survivors Program and Assistant Professor, Friedman School of Nutritional Science and Policy at Tufts University. She is a cancer epidemiologist with experience conducting population-based studies of the role of nutrition in cancer prevention and control. With support from the National Institutes of Health, she has led research to evaluate dietary intake of adult cancer survivors of childhood cancer, and its associations with treatment exposure, chronic health conditions, and quality of life. Dr. Zhang is also an investigator of the relationships between dietary intake and all-cause mortality in more than 6,000 women diagnosed with breast cancer. She received her PhD with distinction in Epidemiology from Columbia University, and is a recipient of the Eileen O'Neil Citation for Excellence in Teaching and a Tisch Faculty Fellow of the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service at Tufts University.
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