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Academics from Westminster’s Breast Cancer Research Unit co-author Breast Cancer Cookbook

Biomedical Sciences 20 October 2015

Dr Miriam Dwek PhD, Leader of the University of Westminster’s Breast Cancer Research Unit, and Registered Nutritionist (AfN) Dr Claire E Robertson, have co-authored ‘The Breast Cancer Cookbook’ with renowned breast cancer surgeon Professor Mohammed Keshtgar.

Featuring more than 100 recipes aimed at helping people recovering from breast cancer, as well as those concerned about developing the disease, the book looks to dispel the myths surrounding diet and cancer with recipes and dietary advice based on the latest medical and scientific research.

Speaking about the significance of ‘The Breast Cancer Cookbook’, Dr Miriam Dwek PhD commented:

“We have been delighted to be involved with this project, in particular to be able to use our scientific knowledge to help those with breast cancer to make appropriate, enjoyable, healthy dietary choices. The recipes and information in the book reflect latest scientific understanding of the interplay between diet and lifestyle and breast cancer outcomes. The recipes serve to de-bunk some of the myths surrounding what can and cannot be eaten by patients who have had a breast cancer diagnosis.”

Senior Lecturer in Human Nutrition Dr Claire E Robertson added:

“Countering traditional ‘foods/nutrients to avoid’ guidance, these recipes focus on enjoying the scientifically-proven benefits of foods and nutrients.  

“This book takes its perspective from experiences shared by patients. Drawing from sound scientific evidence, the simple-to-prepare recipes aim to tackle key-issues faced during treatment by breast cancer patients, in recipes which will be enjoyed by everyone – helping put enjoyment back into eating experiences.”

Dr Dwek and Dr Robertson both teach within the University of Westminster’s Departments of Biomedical and Life Sciences in the Faculty of Science and Technology.

Professor Keshtgar, who pioneered the use of keyhole breast surgery and light therapy in cancer patients, started writing the book after patients approached him for advice on what to eat to aid them during treatment and recovery from breast cancer.

The surgeon teamed up with Dr Claire Robertson and Dr Miriam Dwek, as well as cookery writer Emily Jonzen, to create recipes to support the body’s immune system and help recovery.

The recipes from the cookbook have been well received by patients, and have even made their way into the Royal Free London hospital restaurants. To mark Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, chefs at Barnet Hospital, Chase Farm Hospital and the Royal Free Hospital will offer dishes taken straight from the cookbook.

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