World Cancer Research Fund launches Nutrition and Living with Cancer Helpline

24 May

World Cancer Research Fund is expanding its support services by launching a new helpline, which offers up-to-date, reliable nutritional information for people living with and beyond cancer.

World Cancer Research Fund’s helpline is run by a team of oncology specialist dietitians. The service aims to help people get the nutritional advice needed to support their cancer treatment and recovery, and will address issues such as taste changes, appetite loss, nausea and constipation as well as how to maintain a healthy weight during treatment.

It can be hard to get access to the appropriate support around nutrition. If you or your patient or client have ever had a cancer diagnosis, and are looking for evidence-based nutrition, the service is available on Tuesdays (12-2pm) and Thursdays (6-8pm). These hours of operation will be expanded as the year progresses.

Comments on the launch of the new helpline

Christopher Allen, Cancer Support Programme Manager at World Cancer Research Fund comments:

We wanted to provide people with cancer a helpline where they can access expert nutritional information. This can often be difficult through the NHS. Treatments such as chemotherapy can make it more of a challenge to eat as you normally would while absorbing the necessary nutrients – and we’ll offer tips and support to make mealtimes easier and more enjoyable for those with a cancer diagnosis.

Jodie Burdett, who had a breast cancer diagnosis, says:

When I was diagnosed, I looked at which habits I could change. It was difficult to know who to trust as there’s quite a lot of ‘advice’ out there with conflicting and confusing messages. So many of us going through chemotherapy unhelpfully get told, ‘you just need to keep your weight up, eat four cream cakes.

That’s when I came across World Cancer Research Fund; its helpline will play a vital role for so many people going through cancer like me who need information about nutrition.

Debbie Hack, Oncology Specialist Dietitian, who takes calls on the helpline, says:

When I heard about World Cancer Research Fund’s new nutrition helpline my immediate thoughts were ‘at last, something that fills the gap.

Dietetic services for cancer vary significantly across the UK and those affected don’t always have access to credible nutritional support. Our helpline addresses this fundamental need. Some people just require reassurance or guidance on how to access the right information, and now we are here to help with that.


For more information and media enquiries contact: Marianne Kellner, PR & Media Officer, World Cancer Research Fund at / 07717131883

Notes to editors

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About World Cancer Research Fund

World Cancer Research Fund examines how diet, nutrition, body weight and physical activity affect your risk of developing and surviving cancer. As part of an international network of charities, we have been funding life-saving research, influencing global public health policy, and educating the public since 1982. We also have an evolving programme of support for those living with and beyond cancer.

While society continues searching for a cure, our prevention and survival work is helping people live longer, happier, healthier lives – free from the devastating effects of cancer. and Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn.