As we move from summer to autumn, with the change of season comes a time for reflection and reevaluation of one’s life. In keeping with this theme, there are a number of studies in this issue that focus on lifestyle interventions such as diet and exercise. For instance, Djuric and colleagues reported on a lifestyle intervention that was beneficial and feasible for women with breast cancer on chemotherapy. Bourke and associates reported similar findings on a diet and exercise intervention for people with colon cancer. Hajizadeh and colleagues discovered that fruit consumption reduced the risk of esophageal squamous cell carcinoma. Johnston et al. found that cancer patients suffering from cancer-related fatigue benefitted from patient education and acupuncture. Also regarding patient education, Meraviglia and Stuifbergen indicated that low-income cancer survivors tend to engage in health-promoting behaviours and are likely to want more information after cancer treatment. Regarding diet, Park and associates reported that dietary fiber reduced the risk of death from cancer for men. In our study of the month, Noji and Takayanagi reported about a woman with advanced gastric cancer whose case provided evidence for the adage, “laughter is the best medicine.”
In other news, for those of you in the Vancouver area, there is a vitamin D and breast cancer symposium featuring Dr. Hal Gunn (our founder and CEO) and others on September 29th. Please see the ad in this month’s issue for more details.