Download the free booklet
|Download the free booklet
Obesity is quickly overtaking tobacco as the leading preventable cause of cancer, and although data are still emerging, research suggests that the risk of developing and dying from many common cancers is increased in obese individuals. Obesity is also linked to poorer cancer outcomes, including increased risk of recurrence and of both cancer-specific and overall mortality.
Oncologists play a critical role in patient education, as well as in education of caregivers and families, regarding the importance of weight management. Oncologists are also often the main source of referrals to appropriate sources where patients and their families can receive sound guidance. ASCO is committed to informing oncology providers regarding the existing data linking obesity, inactivity and poor diet to poor outcomes in patients with cancer and to provide educational materials for patients regarding the role of weight management and healthy lifestyle behaviors in cancer.
In the video below, Dr. Clifford Hudis and Dr. Jennifer Ligibel discuss ASCO’s obesity initiative and the role of oncology providers:
- Download the ASCO Position Statement on Obesity and Cancer
- Recommendations for Obesity Clinical Trials in Cancer Survivors: American Society of Clinical Oncology Statement
- Obesity and Cancer: A Guide for Oncology Providers
ASCO has developed a guide for oncology providers to use in educating their patients about the negative effects of obesity on cancer risk and cancer-related mortality, and the need to maintain a healthy weight and lifestyle. A companion booklet, Managing Your Weight after a Diagnosis of Cancer: A Guide for Patient and Families, is also available. Printed provider and patient booklet bundles are available through the ASCO University Bookstore.
- Infographic: Download this at-a-glance view of statistics on the general U.S. population and the data on the cancer types with the strongest links to obesity.
- Guidelines: Access guidelines on preventing and treating obesity, both for the general population and specific to cancer survivors.
- Coverage and Reimbursement: Learn what covered services may be available to your patients.
- Virtual Meeting: View oral presentations, abstracts, and posters from ASCO meetings dating back to 2009, including obesity-related sessions.
- Managing Your Weight after a Diagnosis of Cancer: A Guide for Patient and Families
- Information on nationally available weight loss resources and programs
- Additional information is available for patients from Cancer.net.
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