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Nutrition Research

We aim to advance knowledge generation, translation and uptake in oncology nutrition.
About

Our research is outcome-based, clinically-focused and developed with affiliations within the BC Cancer Agency and provincial and national academic institutions. 

All our research activities have a strong, practice-based focus and allow for timely knowledge translation to clinical practice.

Initiatives have been primarily related to improving the care and management of patient groups at high risk of malnutrition and addressing survivorship needs. These projects have included database development, needs assessments and pilot intervention studies.

Published Research

2012

  • Campbell KL, Van Patten CL et al. Feasibility of a lifestyle intervention on body weight and serum biomarkers in breast cancer survivors with overweight and obesity. Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics 2012 (in press).

2011

  • Cosby C, Dennis D, Payeur N, Daudt H. What is the nutritional and psychological status of colorectal patients referred to BCCA-VIC? Supportive Care in Cancer 2011. Annual Cancer Care Conference, BC Cancer Agency: November 2010, Vancouver BC.

2010

  • Kwan W, Duncan G, Van Patten CL et al. A phase II trial of a soy beverage for subjects without clinical disease with rising prostate specific antigen after radical radiation for prostate cancer. Nutrition and Cancer 2010; 62(2): 198-207.
  • Daudt H, Payeur N, Cosby C, Dennis D, Watson H. Lifestyle behaviours of people with colorectal cancer living on Vancouver Island: adherence to healthy habits and perceived barriers. Annual Cancer Care Conference, BC Cancer Agency: November 2010, Vancouver BC. View Poster
  • Cosby C, Wong H, Lister T, Gerbis B, Gait J, Fimrite A, Smith S. What are the survivorship information and care needs of patients from Vancouver Island Centre upon completion of curative intent radiotherapy for locally advanced head and neck cancer? Annual Cancer Care Conference, BC Cancer Agency: November 2010, Vancouver BC. View Poster
  • Watson H, van Mossel C, Daudt H, Cosby C, Mitchell A, Payeur N, Leitz L, Alford M, Purkis ME. Transitions and beyond: survivorship care plan for people with colorectal cancers. Annual Cancer Care Conference, BC Cancer Agency: November 2010, Vancouver BC.
  • Van Patten CL, Neil SE, McKenzie DC, Gelmon KA, Gotay CC, Campbell KL. A pilot weight loss intervention in overweight and obese breast cancer survivors. Annual Research Conference, American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR): October 2010, Washington DC. View Poster

2009

  • Van Patten CL, Levy-Milne R. Development of a nutrition guidebook for men with prostate cancer to reduce treatment morbidity and comorbidity and lower the risk of cancer progression. Transdisciplinary Research on Energetics and Cancer (TREC): Energy Balance, Cancer Prognosis and Survivorship Conference: October 2009, Seattle WA. View Poster

2008

  • Van Patten CL, deBoer JG, Tomlinson Guns ES. Diet and dietary intervention trials in the prevention of prostate cancer recurrence: a review of randomized clinical trial evidence. The Journal of Urology 2008; 180: 2314-22.
  • Sekhon I, Sekhon S, Levy-Milne R. Nutritional care of lymphoma patients referred to BC Cancer Agency Oncology Nutrition in 2007: a retrospective analysis. Annual Cancer Care Conference, BC Cancer Agency: November 2008, Vancouver BC. View Poster
  • Yeung T, Sekhon S, Levy K, Levy-Milne R. Nutrition Information Needs of Lung Cancer Patients. Annual Cancer Care Conference, BC Cancer Agency: November 2008, Vancouver BC.  View Poster
  • Reimer S, Sekhon S, Brockman R, Haines S, Levy-Milne R. Nutrition Learning Interests of Lung Cancer Patients According to Health Care Providers. Annual Cancer Care Conference, BC Cancer Agency: November 2008, Vancouver BC.  View Poster
  • Herbruger V, Jankola L, Orphanidou C. Improving nutritional status of individuals diagnosed with cancer: Does implementing a nutrition screening tool in an ambulatory care setting increase the identification of patients at nutritional risk? Annual Cancer Care Conference, BC Cancer Agency: November 2008, Vancouver BC.
  • Van Patten CL, Sheel W, LaBreche J, McKenzie D. Can exercise reverse muscle atrophy/weakness in men with prostate cancer treated with hormone therapy? Annual Cancer Care Conference, BC Cancer Agency: November 2008, Vancouver, BC. Annual Cancer Care Conference, American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO): May-June 2008, Chicago, IL.

2007

  • Cushing M, Orphanidou C, Levy-Milne R, Alford M, Chapman GE. Facilitating sustainable lifestyle behavioural change for adult cancer survivors: A review of the literature. Annual Cancer Care Conference, BC Cancer Agency: November 2007, Vancouver BC.
  • Hobenshield S, Kenning C, Kyritsis V, Levy-Milne R. The role of total parenteral nutrition (TPN) in advanced cancer patients: A retrospective analysis. Annual Cancer Care Conference, BC Cancer Agency: November 2007, Vancouver BC.
  • Orphanidou C, Cosby C, Brockman R, Firmrtie A, Levy-Milne R. Dual Modality Lung Nutrition Study. Annual Cancer Care Conference, BC Cancer Agency: November 2007, Vancouver BC. View Poster
  • Cosby C, Mroz L, Galbraith L. Dietary and natural health products for the prevention of adenoma recurrence: Incorporating emerging evidence into nutrition education practice. Annual Cancer Care Conference, BC Cancer Agency: November 2007, Vancouver BC.
  • Cosby C, Good P, Galbraith L, Nurulla A, Arora R, Daudt H. What are the nutrition and cancer information needs of women with breast cancer and how to best meet these needs: a conclusion of a Vancouver Island pilot. Annual Cancer Care Conference, BC Cancer Agency: November 2007, Vancouver BC. View Poster
  • Orphanidou C, Biggs K, Bowman A, Esau A, Hotte S, Lafleur M, Solter V, Wright J, Griffin M, Sheehan B, Johnston M, Myers C. Canadian oncology nutrition clinical practice guideline initiative: use of prophylactic feeding tubes for patients undergoing chemotherapy and radiotherapy for locally advanced head and neck cancer. Annual Cancer Care Conference, BC Cancer Agency: November 2007, Vancouver BC.

2006

  • Atti S, Sekhon SVan Patten CLevy-Milne R. Lymphoma Lifestyle Survey. Annual Cancer Care Conference, BC Cancer Agency: November 2006, Vancouver BC.
  • Hasebe M, Bowman ALevy-Milne R. Developing a care map for head and neck cancer patients. Annual Cancer Care Conference, BC Cancer Agency: November 2006, Vancouver BC. View Poster
  • Bellamy A, Orphanidou CCosby C, Langlois T, Swinton N, Levy-Milne R. What drives outpatient oncology nutrition practice? Annual Cancer Care Conference, BC Cancer Agency: November 2006, Vancouver BC.

2004

  • Borugian MJ, Sheps SB, Kim-Sing C, Van Patten C et al. Insulin, macronutrient intake, and physical activity: Are indicators of insulin resistance associated with mortality from breast cancer? Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention 2004; 13(7): 1163-72.
  • Borugian MJ, Sheps SB, Kim-Sing C, Olivotto IA, Van Patten C et al. Waist-to-hip ratio and breast-cancer mortality. American Journal of Epidemiology 2004; 158(10): 963-68.

2003

  • Matergio D, Morley C, Roberts F, Walshaw N, Paltiel C, Spence D, Monkman S. Evaluation of three methods of cleaning gastrostomy feeding equipment in a home setting. Canadian Journal of Dietetic Practice and Research. Dietitians of Canada 2003.

2002

  • Van Patten CL, Olivotto I, Gelmon K, et al. Effect of soy phytoestrogens on hot flashes in postmenopausal women with breast cancer: A randomized, controlled trial. Journal of Clinical Oncology 2002; 20(6): 1449-1455.

2000

  • Sekhon S. Chronic Radiation Enteritis: Women's Food Tolerances after Radiation Treatment for Gynecologic Cancer. JADA 2000; 100(8): 941-943.

1999

  • Kutynec CL, McCargar L, Barr SI, Hislop TG. Energy balance in women with breast cancer during adjuvant treatment. Journal of The American Dietetic Association 1999; 99(10): 1222-7.

1997

  • Gallagher R, Kutynec CL. Diet, micronutrients and prostate cancer: a review of the evidence. Supplement of The Canadian Journal of Urology 1997; 4(2 Suppl 1): 22-27.
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