Andrea has always loved sport, health and fitness and was intrigued by the impact good nutrition can have on your health. She wanted to understand more about how it works and the impact it can have, which led her down the road of nutrition and eventually into the area of cancer which she specializes in today as a qualified and accredited dietitian and nutritionist. She has worked across a number of large London based teaching hospitals and she continues to work within the NHS today in the oncology department of a large London hospital as their specialist dietitian. Her training, experience and accredited bodies are outlined below.
'Let's make sense of nutrition and cancer'
· Masters degree in Dietetics, King’s College London
· Bachelors degree in Nutritional Sciences, University College Cork, Ireland
· Level 3 Certificate in Leadership and Management
· Trained to deliver the low FODMAP diet which is mostly used in the management of Irritable Bowel Syndrome but can also be used in managing the long term gastrointestinal side effects of cancer treatment.
· Registered with the Health & Care Professionals Council (HCPC) as a Dietitian and Supplementary Prescriber
· Member of the British Dietetic Association (BDA)
· Member of the BDA Specialist Oncology Group
· Andrea is a Guest Lecturer on Cancer and its Dietary Management to student dietitians at London Metropolitan University from 2017 to present.
· Experience working in a number of large London teaching hospitals within their specialist cancer services including the Royal Free Hospital, King's College Hospital and University College London Hospitals.
· Experience working with a variety of different cancer patients including stomach, oesophageal, lung, breast, kidney, skin, liver, pancreatic, gallbladder, bowel and blood cancers such as myeloma, lymphoma and leukaemia.
· Experience working alongside Oncology doctors, nurses, pharmacists, other therapists and palliative care teams.
· Experience in managing the late effects of cancer treatment such as gastrointestinal issues (bile acid malabsorption/dumping syndrome/bacterial overgrowth), weight loss, weight gain and reducing the risk of cancer recurrence
· She has delivered presentations to various patient support groups on ‘Diet and Cancer’ including pancreatic, lymphoma, bowel, breast, myeloma and colon cancer.
· Guest presenter at the Lymphoma Association 'Live Your Life conference' in 2018 and the Myeloma UK patient information day in 2015
. She has also been invited to present at the CECOG (Central European Cooperative Oncology Group) Academy in Amsterdam this December 2018 on ‘Nutrition and Pancreatic Cancer’.
Live Your Life Conference - Diet and Lymphoma
24th February 2018
Lecturing at London Metropolitan University
Andrea has delivered a number of lectures to undergraduate and postgraduate dietetic students on cancer prevention, cancer treatment and its dietary management.
Bowel Cancer UK - Nutrition & Bowel Cancer
Andrea recently spoke to volunteers at Bowel Cancer UK on the latest evidence for nutrition and the risk of bowel cancer.