Cancer Survivor Champions – how to get involved

Could you lead sessions for people with cancer on how to eat healthily?

World Cancer Research Fund’s (WCRF) Cancer Survivor Champions programme aims to improve the quality of life of cancer patients by providing valuable nutrition and exercise advice, and helpful information on how to safely manage the side-effects of cancer and cancer treatment.

Survivor Champions share expert knowledge on how to help patients eat healthy, nutritious food throughout their cancer treatment and beyond. They also share personal experiences about living with cancer and guidance on how to use WCRF’s tools and resources.

Peer to peer advice

Listening to people in support groups really highlighted the importance of involving loved ones throughout your journey. This often helped provide relief for patients in several ways, which allowed them to focus more on implementing healthier behaviours to help them live well during cancer.

Feeling the pressure

People also experienced other life pressures which often prevented them from focusing on getting well. Such pressures ranged from unfair work dismissal cases, and having to hide their health status, to concerns about the decreasing quality of their children’s class work stemming from worries over their diagnosis. These issues are best discussed with people who have lived or are living similar circumstances, which is why our Champions project is so important.

One of the tips picked up on is sessions is that people living with cancer often experience taste changes including a ‘metallic taste’, so we recommend incorporating spices like cinnamon, using non-metal pots, pans and cutlery, and avoiding canned foods.

But, as our Champions explained, using plastic or wooden cutlery can also help overcome taste changes – and can be more gentle on teeth made brittle by cancer treatment.

Could you get involved?

We’re always interested in hearing from people living with cancer who would consider getting trained up to deliver the sessions.

Benefits of being a volunteer

This programme is a great opportunity to build relationships with health professionals, enhance your skills and use your experiences to positively influence people who are living with cancer. This is a chance to make a valuable and recognisable contribution to the cancer community, with the support of a world-renowned organisation.