Nutrition for Female Menopausal Cancer Survivors: Developing Ireland’s First Resource


  • Katie Johnston UCC Cancer Trials Group
  • Dr Samantha Cushen Lecturer in Human Nutrition and Dietetics, School of Food and Nutritional Sciences
  • Professor Aoife Ryan Professor in Human Nutrition and Dietetics, School of Food and Nutritional Sciences



Oncology, Cancer survivorship, Body composition, Diet and menopause, Patient resource development, Symptom management


Women diagnosed with a hormone-receptor positive (HR+) breast or gynaecological cancer are not routinely prescribed hormone replacement therapy to alleviate menopausal symptoms due to the risk of causing cancer recurrence. Many of these women use herbal or botanical supplements, diet and lifestyle interventions to provide relief. Through an extensive literature review, national focus groups with menopausal female cancer survivors, consultation with an established public and patient involvement panel, and the creation of a national review panel of medical and healthcare professionals, Ireland’s first evidence-based resource is in development for female menopausal cancer survivors.


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