Help the CARE Survey Understand the Nutritional Needs of Cancer Survivors


I recently received an email from Dr.Fang Fang Zhang, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University asking for my help getting the word out about her research.

Dr. Zhang is a cancer epidemiologist studying the role of nutrition in cancer prevention and control. A recently published study co-written by Dr. Zhang showed that cancer survivors in the United States have poor dietary intake compared to individuals who do not have cancer. Following this study, Dr. Zhang’s research team is conducting a survey to understand survivors’ nutritional needs and the challenges they face in making healthy food choices. 

The following is from Dr. Zhang.  Check it out and follow the link to the survey. I took it in less than 10 minutes and it really is painless.

Cancer Survivors are highly motivated to seek information about food choices and dietary changes to improve their health. However, a recent study comparing cancer survivors’ dietary patterns to federal guidelines indicates that they often fall short. People who have survived cancer eat fewer green vegetables and whole grains than do people without a history of cancer. Survivors also weren’t getting enough fiber, vitamin D, vitamin E, potassium or calcium, and were taking in too much sugar, fat and sodium, as defined by the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans issued by the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Health and Human Services.

Report by LA Times: After Cancer, Survivors Do Not Choose Healthy Foods: What’s Going On? 

What influences cancer survivors’ eating patterns?  The research team at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University is conducting a survey to understand cancer survivors’ nutritional needs and the challenges they face in making healthy food choices.

They Need Your Help! Visit this short survey (10 minutes) to contribute to this important research! Your support will help advance research to meet the nutritional needs of the growing population of cancer survivors.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact the Tufts research team at, or through Twitter @CARE_study and Facebook (Cancer Survivors Heathy Eating – CARE Study).  Principal Investigator: Fang Fang Zhang, MD, PhD, Tufts University

It’s Debbie again: Every little bit we do to move research along makes a big difference. Thanks for taking the time to be part of the solution.

Survival > Existence,


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