CANBenefit I

Older people with cancer may not be fit enough to cope with some of the cancer treatments. There is some evidence to suggest that attention to exercise and diet may help people maintain their independence for longer and tolerate treatments better.

About the project

Title: CANcer BEhavioural Nutrition and Exercise FeasibilIty Trial (CanBenefit I) 
Yorkshire Cancer Research
Time frame: 2018-2019
Contact for more details: Professor Miriam Johnson and Dr Flavia Swan

The purpose of this project is to develop and model a multi-disciplinary activity and nutrition programme for older people with lung cancer that can be tailored to the individual from diagnosis through to advanced disease irrespective of their cancer treatment plan.

We will conduct interviews with patients and their carer’s as well as oncology multi-disciplinary team members at two oncology centres: Hull and Leeds.

This will help us identify the most important essential and desirable components to include in an activity and nutrition programme for older people with lung cancer.


Forbes, C.C., Swan, F., Greenley, S.L. et al. Physical activity and nutrition interventions for older adults with cancer: a systematic review. J Cancer Surviv 14, 689–711 (2020).

Swan F, Chen H, Forbes CC, Johnson MJ, Lind M. CANcer BEhavioural nutrition and exercise feasibility trial (CanBenefit); phase I qualitative interview findings. J Geriatr Oncol. 2021 May;12(4):641-648. doi: 10.1016/j.jgo.2020.09.026.