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Qualitative comparison of dietary choices and dietary supplement use among older adults with and without a history of colorectal cancer.

Authors
  • Reedy, Jill1
  • Haines, Pamela S
  • Steckler, Allan
  • Campbell, Marci Kramish
  • 1 Division of Cancer Prevention, National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, Maryland, USA.
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2005
Volume
37
Issue
5
Pages
252–258
Identifiers
PMID: 16053814
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

The experience of colorectal cancer is significant and may lead to dietary change among some survivors, but these findings do not suggest that it is necessarily more influential than other life events. Participants sought to control diet (for coping or survival) and also felt that diet cannot be controlled (due to the contamination of the food supply). Although many lacked guidance from physicians about dietary supplements, they were comfortable making their own decisions to self-treat. Enhanced understanding of the themes that guide selection of diet and dietary supplements can provide a context for dietitians in practice and researchers conducting behavioral interventions.

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