Cornerstones of FAME for Cancer Series

Saint Luke’s Muriel I. Kauffman Women’s Heart Center and Saint Luke’s Cancer Institute have partnered to offer a specialized four-class Food as Medicine Everyday (FAME) series for cancer patients.

The classes are designed to provide nutritional support to cancer patients through all stages of the disease, including diagnosis, treatment, and recovery. Patients, along with caregivers, can learn how to develop a proper diet and make the other lifestyle changes necessary to improve overall health.

Nutrition Education for Cancer Patients

Research shows diet and lifestyle can influence risk for cancer and decrease the chance for cancer reoccurrence. Yet nutrition is often overlooked as part of cancer treatment. What patients eat can improve both the success of treatment and the side effects throughout the process.

Proper nutrition can:

  • Optimize daily health
  • Improve energy
  • Prevent nutritional deficiencies and dehydration
  • Potentially slow the progression of cancer
  • Help with weight maintenance

The series offers four 90-minute classes:

  • Put Out the Fire — Understand the role inflammation plays in cancer, and how antioxidant-rich foods can reduce the flame.
  • Defend Your Gut — Learn how to support healthy digestion with a proper diet and lifestyle.
  • The Sweet Truth — Discover how consuming high amounts of sugar and artificial sweetener affects cancer and your overall health.
  • Clean Eating — Find out the importance of eliminating exposure to toxins in foods and the environment (especially during cancer treatment). 

The series includes:

  • Cooking delicious and nutritious recipes
  • Nutrition education
  • Taste-testing challenge recipes (recipes that are ideal when eating becomes a challenge)

Classes take place every Thursday 12 – 1:30 p.m. 

2022 Classes will be announced this spring

It's recommended that participants take all four classes to benefit fully from the series' class materials.