The authors describe an original experience with 3 years of a nutritional workshop for cancer patients. This intervention combine an information about nutritional aspects of cancer with psychosocial support, to buffer psychological and nutritional consequences of cancer. The workshop, leaded by two specialized teams, one in medical oncology, the other in public health, is proposed to patients during and after a specific treatment. In one day, it provided information about nutrition and cancer, diet education and psychosocial support with supportive-expressive group. At this day, the evaluation of this intervention is only subjective. Fifty-six patients participated in at least one workshop, with majority of women (91%). Nineteen workshops were leaded with average participant number of 7 per workshop the third year. The authors believe that nutritional workshops are of great help for cancer patients, by enhancing social reinsertion, giving opportunity of emotional expression and humanizing the treatment. Our experience show it is possible to propose psychosocial intervention in institution in the context of Mediterranean country. We are leading currently a study that will permit a more systematic evaluation of the effects of this intervention.
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