Small Group Pink Ribbon Rehabilitation Course

1 in 8 females will get breast cancer at some point in their lifetime. Those who are at increased risk for secondary are those who are overweight/ obese, inactive and those who have the BRAC1, BRAC2, genes and other genes such as TP53 and PTEN. (Cancer Research UK, 2014).

The nutrition is tailored specifically towards reducing breast cancer risk and will significantly lower endogenous oestrogen levels. 27% of breast cancer incidences in the UK are linked to lifestyle and environmental factors (Parkin, Boyd & Walker, 2011).

Education on nutrition to bring overall weight (Fat) down to a healthy range improves insulin sensitivity combined with effective dietary interventions are needed to preserve lean body mass (Lovemann et al, 2011)

Therefore it is important for secondary prevention to exercise and follow the right diet to lead a healthy lifestyle, help prevent recurrence and to have a brighter future.

What to expect at a session whether that is face to face or online.

The programme is a twelve week course with each session being one hour long, focusing on 30 minutes nutrition in a group environment by delivering a talk. The subject changes each week followed by 30 minutes group exercise exercise tailored to the groups needs and depending on treatment/ surgery.
Recipes, menu plans will be provided to help you achieve your goals. A seven day food and mood diary analysis is used to assess and track your progress if struggling in any way. Weekly measurement are also recorded to track overall performance.

Throughout the programme you will have your own qualified breast cancer post- operative rehabilitation exercise specialist as well as a signed personal nutritionist who is qualified in the field of breast cancer. You can be rest assured you are in safe hands and will not feel lonely or isolated throughout the programme. Plus the chance to chat to others and support each other who have been through a similar experience so you can share and help each other along the way.

These courses run throughout the year or if you have at least 4 people who are interested in doing a private group session then please message the course leader Sandra Todd at to find out more and to register your interest.

Further reading

  • Cancer Research UK, (2014). Definite breast cancer risks. Retrieved from:
  • Lovemann, P. H., Lissner, L., Gullberg, B., Olsson, H., & Berglund, G. (2003). A prospective study of adiposity and postmenopausal breast cancer risk; The Malmo Diet and cancer study. International Journal of cancer, 103 (2), 246- 252
  • Parkin, D. M., Boyd., & Walker, L.C. (2011). The fraction of cancer attributed to lifestyle and environmental factors in the UK in 2010. British Journal of Cancer, 105, 577- 581
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