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Supporting the Health of Long Term Cancer Survivors–Strategies for Promoting Recovery, Restoration of Function and Quality of Life

Sep 30, 2021 - 01:00 PM
The Westin New York Times Sq 270 West 43rd Street,

New York,,
NY ,
ZIP: 10036

With continued improvements in disease-free survival after cancer treatment, there are increasing numbers of survivors of cancer, currently over 15 million in the US alone with projections for 19 million by 2024 and 26 million by 2040. 

As much as 10-20 years after treatment, as many as 48% of adult cancer survivors complain of persistent fatigue, depressive symptoms, poor memory and attention, difficulty multitasking and decrease in executive function. During the treatment phase, over 75% of adult patients complain of fatigue and cognitive impairment. 

Cancer-related fatigue and cognitive impairment may be severe, persistent, and more disruptive than pain, and do not resolve with tumor control or treatment cessation. A highly individualized, health-focused, integrative approach is required to identify functional factors and select appropriate interventions to resolve these issues. 

Chemotherapy, radiotherapy, hormonal and biotherapies as well as cancer biology itself, are associated with increases in inflammatory cytokines and reactive oxygen species in the brain. Immune cells, responding to inflammation, traverse the blood-brain barrier and increase local inflammation in the brain, affecting emotions and cognitive function. These patients often show loss of grey and white matter as well as other structural and functional changes that resemble accelerated brain aging. 

Along with neuro-inflammation and neurotoxicity, myelosuppression, hepatotoxicity, nephrotoxicity, chronic pain, microbiome alterations, endocrine and sleep disruption all contribute to cancer-related fatigue. Interventions including natural compounds, acupuncture, functional foods, diet and lifestyle modifications and brain rehabilitation therapies may help to prevent damage and restore function and quality of life to these patients, allowing them to return to full and productive lives after treatment.
Learning Objectives:
Identify long term sequelaand adverse effects of cancer and cancer treatments that impair the quality of life and compromise healthy function in cancer survivors

Identify the etiology and mechanisms related to long term loss of quality of life and loss of healthy function in cancer survivors

Identify and implement interventions to support and enhance the quality of life and promote healthy function in long term cancer survivors by utilizing nutraceuticals, phytochemicals, botanicals, functional foods, lifestyle interventions and psycho-social support

Seminar Breakdown:
The Problem

Overview of Long-term Adverse Effects of Cancer and Cancer Treatments Suffered by Cancer Survivors


Problem of Cancer Survivors Released from Oncology Care without Survivorship Health Plans or Support

The Solution

Importance of Whole System Functional Medicine Health Model for Cancer Survivors

How does a Survivor become a Thriver?

The Missing Health Plan for Cancer Survivors

Selected Long Term Adverse and Chronic Effects of Cancer and Cancer Treatments in Cancer Survivors
Persistent Fatigue

Cognitive Impairment


Sarcopenia and Cachexia

Gastrointestinal Dysfunction and Impaired Nutritional Status

Sleep Disruption

Psycho-Social Distress and Fear of Recurrence

Strategies for Promoting Recovery, Restoration of Function and Quality of Life

Taking a Thorough History of a Cancer Survivor

Biomarkers and Assessment Tools

Building Individualized Plans to Support Healthy Function


Nutraceutical Support

Phyto-Chemical and Botanical Support

Nutritional Support and Functional Foods

Lifestyle Modifications


Nurturing Resilience: Emotional-Psycho-Social Support

Nalini Chilkov’s Bio:

Dr. Chilkov is a leading authority and pioneer in the field of integrative cancer care, cancer prevention and immune enhancement. She is the founder of the American Institute of Integrative Oncology and and the author of the number one best-selling book, 32 Ways to OutSmart Cancer: Create A Body Where Cancer Cannot Thrive.

Dr. Chilkov brings over 30 years of clinical experience, combining the best of functional and Oriental Medicine. She has lectured at the School of Medicine at UCLA and UC Irvine in California and is a member of the Medical Advisory Board of the Mederi Foundation and Fran Drescher’s Cancer Schmancer Foundation. She is a regular contributor to the Healthy Living Section of the Huffington Post, is featured as a cancer expert on NBCTV and has been recognized as one of the top 10 Online Influencers for Breast Cancer by Dr. Mehmet Oz and WebMD


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