Recorded Symposium Session: Diet and Colorectal Cancer: Addressing Nutrition Therapy in Early-Onset Survivors

Colorectal cancer (CRC) remains a leading cause of cancer and cancer mortality in the US. Over the past 20 years, CRC has been increasingly diagnosed in younger adults (prior to age 50). Treatment can result in significant symptom burden and low uptake of cancer survivorship dietary guidance. This presentation will characterize this unique group of survivors and examine common symptoms that impact healthy eating, as well as provide insight into new research strategies to improve diet and related dietary outcomes after a diagnosis of early-onset colorectal cancer (EOCRC).

Learning Objectives

After attending this session, nutrition professionals should be able to:

  1. Understand and analyze the variance in colorectal cancer (CRC) presentation across age groups from early to "late" onset disease.
  2. Describe common diet-related symptoms that may alter intake and act as barriers to meeting dietary recommendations for cancer survivors.
  3. Detail common diet-related exposures that may promote CRC, including earlier age of onset.
  4. Explain key biological mechanisms that drive CRC risk and interpret how dietary factors may modulate these mechanisms.

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8.1.5, 8.3.1, 8.3.6, 12.4.3
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Cyndi Thomson, PhD, RD, is an associate professor in nutritional sciences at the University of Arizona with joint appointments in medicine and public health. She has been the principal investigator at the University of Arizona site for several diet-cancer grants, including the multi-center Women's Healthy Eating and Living Study, the Women's Intervention Nutrition Study, and the Women's Health Initiative.  She is currently conducting dietary intervention trials among cancer survivors focused on weight loss as well as metabolic outcomes. Cyndi also received USDA funding to support a vegetable dose-response study targeting the health benefits of vegetable consumption among overweight women.

Dr. Thomson is a registered dietitian with over 18 years of experience in oncology nutrition. She has authored over 50 peer-reviewed publications in the area of diet and health, primarily focused in breast cancer, and is a co-author of “Eating Well, Staying Well During and After Cancer.”

As a survivor of colon cancer, Cyndi is particularly sensitive to the nutritional needs of women undergoing surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation, as well as the longer-term health conditions of cancer survivorship.

The presenter has no relevant disclosures to report regarding this program. She has certified that no conflict of interest exists for this program. View our disclosure policy.

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  • 1.00 CDR


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