Princess Margaret Cancer Centre – Cancer Rehabilitation and Survivorship Program – ELLICSR
Cooking for Vitality: Nutrition & Culinary Education for Managing Cancer-Related Fatigue: The Cancer Rehabilitation and Survivorship Program at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, and its ELLICSR Kitchen team collaborated with staff and students from George Brown College’s Food Innovation and Research Studio (FIRSt) to create Cooking for Vitality, a study designed to determine if a cooking & nutrition intervention can help cancer survivors better manage their cancer-related fatigue (CRF).
The team created 12 delicious, easy-to-prepare recipes that adhere to nutritional criteria researched by ELLICSR’s Registered Dietitians and the Wellness Chef. The recipes emphasized minimal physical exertion in their preparation, plus high nutrition. As part of the project, the recipes were pilot-tested by 35 cancer survivors through patient education hands-on cooking classes. Participants completed questionnaires focused on fatigue and were interviewed to assess the program’s impact on their eating and cooking habits. Two instructional videos can be found here or on the Ellicsr Kitchen YouTube Channel. The team aims to continue the classes, collecting, analyzing, publishing and disseminating data through academic publications and conference presentations. Link here, under the section “Cancer Related Fatigue” for a complete package of information.