Women’s Cancer Survivorship: Supporting and Innovating for Change: Dietetic Support

Katie Johnson

The Women’s Cancer Survivorship initiative consists of a multidisciplinary team funded by Breakthrough Cancer Research and the Irish Cancer Society.  This project aims to develop a Women’s Cancer Survivorship Clinic within the HSE South/South West Hospital Group.

The goal of this clinic is to identify and manage important symptoms experienced by women impacted by the effects of cancer treatment. These will include psycho-oncology, cancer-related fatigue uncertainty related to dietary choices and/or change in body composition, and sexual health issues including menopausal symptoms.

The clinic aims to evaluate the impact of a dietetic intervention by assessing changes in each participant’s dietary intake and diet quality over 12 months; and by assessing changes in body weight, lean body mass, fat mass, and muscle strength over 12 months.

The dietitian-led component uses an individualised approach to promoting optimal dietary intake, improving patient weight, physical function, and nutrition-related symptoms; and offering regular support to those who require it most.

This project also aims to educate both patients and clinical teams regarding important survivorship symptoms and their optimal management and to provide easy web-based access to information for patients and clinical teams.

It is hoped that this clinic will lead to a decrease in the frequency and burden of symptoms among women who have been treated for breast and gynaecological cancer and to improve their quality of life.

Research Findings

Conference Presentations

  • Katie Johnson presented a poster titled, “The use of ePROS may be an innovative pathway to monitor the nutrition-related symptoms of cancer survivors” at the 45th ESPEN Congress on Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism in France, held on September 13, 2023.

  • Katie Johnson presented a poster titled, “Body Composition in Irish Men with Metastatic Genitourinary Cancer: Results from the Pilot Component of the LIAM Mc Trial” at the IACR 60th Anniversary Satellite Meeting and she received the Best Poster award (SNAH Category).

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Principal Investigator
Prof Roisin Connolly & Prof Josephine Hegarty
University College Cork
Grant Type
Breakthrough Cancer Research Project Grant
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