National Cancer Series: Nutrition and Cancer | The Ismaili Canada

National Cancer Series: Nutrition and Cancer

April 13, 2021 | Canada

Proper nutrition can both decrease the risk of certain cancers as well as improve outcomes. Join panellist, Dr. Lori McFarlane and moderator Leila Dawood in the third session of the National Cancer Series. They will engage in a discussion on the impact and importance of nutrition on cancer incidence and survival, as well as on the overall quality of life after a cancer diagnosis.


Dr. Lori McFarlane is currently a doctor at InspireHealth Supportive Cancer Care. She graduated from the University of Waterloo in 1987 with a B.Sc. in Health Studies, and received her Doctorate of Medicine from the University of Western Ontario in 1991. After completing her family medicine residency at UBC in 1993, she practiced full-service family medicine with an emphasis on obstetrics in Vancouver. In 2008, she moved to Denman Island and continued to practice family medicine in Courtenay. Lori believes that exploring the biopsychosocial and spiritual aspects of illness and wellness may allow wholeness and healing, even in the palliative setting.  For her own self-care, she strums on her ukulele, tends her garden, practices yoga, hikes, and cherishes time spent with her husband of 35 years.


Leila Dawood completed her Master’s degree in French literature and then joined the Aga Khan Academy in Nairobi, where she started the French language teaching department. She subsequently joined a Kenya-based international firm as a French translator before moving to Belgium, where she worked as a personnel assistant. Her final move was to Canada in 1981. In Vancouver, she assumed the role of project officer with the newly established Aga Khan Foundation, and then worked as a French teaching assistant with the Coquitlam School Board.

Leila has worked with the Canadian Cancer Society as a peer support individual, and she was captain of ‘Team Salama’ during the Relay for Life. She has been a facilitator within the Ismaili Women’s Cancer Support Group since its inception.

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