Feeling well is different for many people and when treatment for cancer finishes many new issues may come up which you had not considered. Wellness is all about how you feel physically, psychologically, socially, spiritually and economically, including how you meet the expectations of your family and community. It may be complex and all-encompassing. We will be discussing ‘wellness’ and providing information and strategies of things you can do to work towards feeling well.
Professor Robert Thomas
Professor Robert Thomas is a Consultant Oncologist at the Primrose Oncology Unit, Bedford and Addenbrooke’s, Hospitals in the UK specialising in Breast, Skin, Colorectal and Prostate cancer. He is professor of Biological and Exercise Science at Coventry University and Senior Clinical Tutor Cambridge University. He is author of the book “Lifestyle after Cancer” and editor of the lifestyle and cancer website Cancernet.co.uk.
Although still embracing mainstream oncology research, he has an academic interest in the evaluation of nutritional, lifestyle and self help strategies after cancer. He has designed, conducted and published numerous UK randomised controlled trials including the worlds largest evaluation of a polyphenol rich nutritional supplement in men with prostate cancer (Pomi-T study).
He was an author for the evidence review for the National Cancer Survivorship Initiative and designed the UK’s first government approved qualification in cancer rehabilitation. In 2007, he was awarded The British Oncology Association’s “Oncologist of the Year”. As well as being chair of the exercise expert advisory committee and media spokesperson for Macmillan and advisor for a number of Channel 5 documentaries, he is editor of the Monthly Lifestyle and Cancer news series and author of an active weekly blog both of which can accessed via his website: cancernet.co.uk
Katherine Pranic is a freelance copywriter and yoga teacher based in Sydney. As a teenager, Katherine experienced chemotherapy and radiation for Hodgkin’s Disease, recently she underwent treatment for Thyroid Cancer. For nearly 20 years Katherine has been interested in the mind and body connection. She spends her time writing, exploring nature, practicing yoga and walking her dog every chance she gets.
Nikola Ellis has been immersed in yoga for 25 years and is the founder and principal teacher at Adore Yoga in Sydney. Nikola and her team offer a personalised and therapeutic style of yoga to small classes. Nikola specialises in yoga therapy, tailoring the techniques of yoga and meditation to help people manage their health and wellbeing. She teaches clinical groups at the Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network and other organisations, including developing yoga programs for people with eating disorders, cancer, auto-immune conditions and mental health issues. Nikola is currently completing a masters degree in counselling and psychotherapy and is committed to making yoga a force for positive change in the world.