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Cancer Empowerment through Experience: The Journey of a Cancer Dietitian and Cancer Thriver with Alison Tierney

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Very few healthcare professionals have first-hand experience with what their patients and clients are going through – especially when it comes to cancer. In today’s conversation, Alison Tierney shares the story of how her work as an oncology dietitian became very personal. In 2022, Alison was diagnosed with invasive ductal carcinoma at the age of 33. Her knowledge base of oncology nutrition supported her throughout surgery, chemotherapy, and immunotherapy. Today, she uses both her professional and personal experience to help cancer thrivers do the same.

About Alison Tierney

Alison Tierney, MS, RD, CD, CSO is a board certified oncology dietitian and cancer thriver who empowers those affected by cancer to conquer fears, take back control, and fully support their body before, during, and after cancer treatment. 

Using evidence-based nutrition and lifestyle medicine, Alison guides her clients through recommendations to reduce treatment side effects, enhance quality of life, focus on recurrence risk reduction, and, ultimately, helping cancer thrivers reclaim the control cancer tries to steal.

Her passion for cancer nutrition isn’t just a passion or a profession – it’s also personal. 

In this episode, you’ll hear about:

01:58 | Alison’s personal story and journey to plant-based eating
08:23 | Alison’s breast cancer diagnosis
12:16 | How personal experience impacts professional practice, and how to support patients without personal experience
20:40 | How women can reduce cancer risk
25:45 | Busting cancer nutrition myths – soy, sugar, and organics
45:09 | What is something you wish more patients undergoing cancer treatment knew about nutrition
47:50 | Alison’s advice on how to get started for women and healthcare pros
55:53 | How to connect with Alison

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Related:  How To Have a Healthy Relationship With Plant-based Eating with Tara Kemp

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