A new study has been launched to support cancer survivors across the north of Scotland.
Robert Gordon University (RGU) and CLAN Cancer Support have joined forces to provide free workshops in the region, focusing on the impact of maintaining a healthy diet and being physically active.
Their new study will invite men and women who have completed their cancer treatment to attend the two-day course in either Aberdeen, Elgin or Kirkwall, with dates taking place over the next two months.
The course will be made up of small, supportive groups and will include presentations from health professionals, practical activities and group discussions with other individuals who have been through a cancer diagnosis and treatment.
Dr Lindsey Masson, lecturer in RGU’s school of pharmacy and life sciences, is principal investigator of the study.
She said: “Cancer survivors should aim to be a healthy weight and physically active; eat a diet rich in wholegrains, vegetables, fruits and beans; and limit consumption of fast foods, red and processed meat, sugar sweetened drinks and alcohol.
“Whilst many may be receptive to receiving nutrition advice and making the necessary dietary changes, we need to explore any potential barriers that this particular group may face, so that we can develop strategies for overcoming them.”
A team of researchers from RGU will collect data from each of the participants and hope to provide solutions for any problems identified by the cancer survivors.
Iona Mitchell, head of cancer support services at CLAN Cancer Support, said: “Through CLAN’s network of community bases we are continually looking to expand and diversify the wellbeing support services available to our clients within the communities in which we operate.”
Anyone interested in taking part in the EatWell@CLAN course and research study can contact Dr Lindsey Masson for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 01224 262856