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Using Nutrition to Battle Cancer

From the Show: Wellness for Life
Summary: When cancer takes hold, take control of what you can: your nutrition.
Air Date: 12/22/17
Duration: 25:50
Host: Dr. Susanne Bennett
Guest Bio: Susan Bratton, MBA & Jessica A. lannotta MS, RD, CSO, CDN, Chief Operating Officer of Savor Health
Susan BrattonSusan Bratton started Savor Health after losing a close friend to a brain tumor and, through that experience, becoming aware of the significant unmet nutritional needs of people with cancer.   Struck by the fact that her friend was told “nutrition doesn’t matter” and “eat whatever you want,” Susan read the evidence-based literature on the subject and found that, in fact, nutrition does matter in oncology.  Armed with solid scientific evidence supporting the clinical and quality of life benefits of proper nutrition, Susan left Wall Street and created Savor Health, a provider of personalized and practical nutrition solutions for cancer patients, their caregivers and health enterprises.  Susan brings to Savor Health over 25 years of industry experience in healthcare and business as well as expertise in strategy, finance and management.

Susan is an outspoken and tireless advocate for cancer patients receiving proper nutrition and nutrition support before, during and after treatment. She strongly believes that the U. S. healthcare system requires new innovation to transform it into a more holistic and integrated system of care whereby multiple disciplines coordinate care together for the benefit of the whole patient.  As part of this, her goal is for nutrition to be an integral component of such an integrated cancer care delivery system.    Susan’s commitment to the field of oncology extends beyond Savor Health to volunteer work at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in pediatrics and as a runner for Fred’s Team to raise money for research at Memorial Sloan Kettering.  Susan participated in the Cancer Moonshot in June of 2016 where she was a breakout session group “igniter” tasked with starting and leading discussion.  Susan’s first book, the Meals to Heal Cancer Cookbook, was published in March 2016.

In addition to her role as CEO of Savor Health, Susan speaks nationally about the importance of ensuring proper nutrition in the cancer patient and on topics including leadership and startups. She has been a speaker at the Harvard Medical School’s Career Advancement and Leadership Skills for Women in Healthcare, ESMO World Congress on GI Cancer, BioPharm America, AARP Live @50+, Lake Nona Impact Forum, and IIR ePharma Summit.

Prior to starting Savor Health, Susan had a successful career on Wall Street as a healthcare services investment banker working at prestigious firms including Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette, Wasserstein Perella and Robertson Stephens. Susan earned a B.A. from Duke University and M.B.A. from the University of Virginia’s Darden Graduate School of Business.

Jessica IannottaJessica Iannotta is a registered dietitian and certified specialist in oncology nutrition (CSO) – one of less than 800 in the world. She studied nutrition at Cornell University and completed her dietetic internship at New York Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center. She obtained her Master's degree through the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. Jessica has worked in inpatient and outpatient oncology settings since 2001 in the North Shore-LIJ Health System.

Jessica is in charge of all operations including clinical and culinary operations ranging from menu development to evidence-based website content, relationships with registered dietitians and social workers and developing processes and protocols for intake, management and outcomes analysis of patients.
  • Book Title: Meals to Heal Cookbook
  • Guest Twitter Account: @SusanBratton_1 @Savor_Health @SavorRD
Using Nutrition to Battle Cancer
Nutrition helps repair your health. A smart diet can help you have a better chance when dealt a cancer diagnosis.

Doctors aren’t taught much about nutrition in medical school. They aren’t armed with the information they need to advise patients on using nutrition to ease the effects of cancer.

Early and ongoing nutritional intervention helps manage side effects and improving outcome. You can control your nutrition when you can’t control anything else. 

Make a plan to eat small, frequent meals, even before you get any cancer-related nausea. It can help control spasms related to nausea. It also keeps you from overwhelming your system with food. Avoid fried foods and stick to blander flavors.

Listen as Susan Bratton and Jessica Iannotta join Dr. Susanne Bennett to share how good nutrition can help you work with your cancer diagnosis.

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