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Reduce risk or recurrence of cancer through nutrition

Reduce risk or recurrence of cancer through nutrition

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fruit bowlBarry Boyd, MD, MS, senior oncologist at Smilow Cancer Hospital’s Greenwich Hospital campus is a pioneer in the field of integrative cancer care, with a concentration on nutritional support for cancer patients.

Along with conventional medicine, Dr. Boyd provides a cancer recovery plan for patients, which includes education on the role nutrition and exercise play in their treatment and overall health.

Maintaining a healthy diet and lifestyle is increasingly recognized as an approach that aids cancer treatment and boosts survival. [Learn about upcoming Nutrition and Cancer Lecture below.]

Studies have shown the supportive roles of vitamin D, exercise and energy balance are central to positive disease outcomes.

“This is no longer alternative medicine,” says Dr. Boyd, “but a part of mainstream care.”

A combination of a healthy, plant-based diet and avoiding excessive fat, sugar and highly processed foods is best, according to Dr. Boyd.

People with obesity, diabetes, metabolic syndrome, high fat/high-sugar diets and inactive lifestyles have a greater cancer risk because they have too much insulin, which encourages cancer cells to replicate faster. Even people who are at a normal weight can have high insulin levels. Growing evidence shows this type of metabolic obesity is associated with breast and colon cancer.

After patients finish treatment for a curable cancer, they often feel vulnerable. Appropriate diet and lifestyle approaches help them feel empowered, causing a positive psychological effect.

Enhanced physical activity after a cancer diagnosis has been shown to significantly reduce the recurrence of prostate, colon and breast cancers.

On March 22, 2018, Dr. Boyd will be giving a cancer wellness talk on the topic ‘Nutrition and Cancer.’ He will discuss how nutrition, weight management and exercise can help reduce cancer risks and improve diagnosis and survival. This lecture is free, but requires registration.


Wellness Education Lecture
Thursday, March 22
6 – 7:30pm
Noble Conference Center
Greenwich Hospital

To register, call 888-305-9253 or visit