A Healthcare Provider’s Guide to Cancer and Obesity

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Overweight and obesity play an important role in the development of various common cancers and the risk of recurrence for survivors. Patients with cancer who are overweight or obese face additional challenges, such as decreased quality of life and difficulties managing side effects. Obesity is a modifiable risk factor, and yet many survivors lack the proper education or support to successfully reduce this risk. Although healthcare providers are beginning to promote a more open dialogue with patients about weight management, barriers still exist that can delay or prevent this important conversation.

A Healthcare Provider’s Guide to Cancer and Obesity provides evidence-based guidance to understanding the link between obesity and cancer and talking with patients and survivors about weight management and physical activity. Through topics such as motivational interviewing, patient challenges, mindfulness, and barriers and facilitators, each chapter addresses obstacles and issues that healthcare providers may face when discussing weight management and weight loss with patients, as well as how to overcome them.

This easy-to-use resource will equip healthcare providers with the tools needed to educate, encourage, and support survivors in making essential lifestyle changes to promote optimal health, longer survival, and better quality of life.

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Oncology Nursing Society
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Chapter 1 - Introduction

Anne Katz
Pages (1-6)
Chapter 1 provides an introduction to cancer and obesity.

Chapter 2 - Overweight and Obesity and the Risk of Cancer and Poor Outcomes

Anne Katz
Pages (7-20)
Chapter 2 examines the risk of cancer and poor outcomes for patients who are overweight or obese.

Chapter 3 - Weight Management

Anne Katz
Pages (21-36)
Chapter 3 explores issues in weight management, including popular strategies, interventions, barriers and facilitators, and the role of the clinician.

Chapter 4 - Optimal Nutrition

Anne Katz
Pages (37-44)
Chapter 4 examines optimal nutrition, including optimal food plans for cancer survivors.

Chapter 5 - Physical Activity and Weight Management

Anne Katz
Pages (45-64)
Chapter 5 examines the role of physical activity in weight management.

Chapter 6 - Barriers and Facilitators to Lifestyle Change

Anne Katz
Pages (65-76)
Chapter 6 examines barriers and facilitators of weight loss, including physical activity, healthy eating, and the role of healthcare providers.

Chapter 7 - Communicating About Weight Issues With Patients

Anne Katz
Pages (77-92)
Chapter 7 details communicating weight issues with patients with cancer. Details include language, discussing weight loss, models to assist in talking with patients, and dealing with the overweight and obese healthcare provider.

Chapter 8 - Motivational Interviewing

Anne Katz
Pages (93-108)
Chapter 8 details motivational interviewing.

Chapter 9 - Mindfulness and Overweight and Obesity

Anne Katz
Pages (109-120)
Chapter 9 explores the role mindfulness plays in the overweight and obese.

Chapter 10 - Challenges Faced by Patients Who Want to Lose Weight

Anne Katz
Pages (121-132)
Chapter 10 details the challenges faced by patients who wnat to lose weight.

Chapter 11 - Resources

Anne Katz
Pages (133-136)
Chapter 11 offers a listing of resources.