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Cancer patients, caregivers get tips on cooking healthy dishes

In the first masterclass held recently, 22 participants got tips from chefs of the Les Amis Group to whip up two dishes.

SINGAPORE: Cancer patients and their caregivers can now learn to cook healthy dishes from chefs of an award-winning culinary group.

In the first masterclass held recently, 22 participants got tips from chefs of the Les Amis Group to whip up two dishes.

On the menu for the session were lemongrass chicken with Vietnamese bun in sweet sauce, and seafood soup with rice noodles.

Four more masterclasses are scheduled for the rest of this year.

Each class can accommodate about 25 participants.

This is one programme under the Health Resource Centre of the National University Cancer Institute, Singapore.

The centre provides cancer-related resources and hosts a range of programmes and services for cancer patients.

Located at the National University Hospital, it boasts various facilities such as a library and space for support group activities.

The programme was started in December 2013.

Helen Wong, a masterclass participant and cancer patient, said: "It is a very rare opportunity to get a celebrity chef to teach us, especially since the menu is tailored for cancer patients."

Dr Lim Siew Eng, associate director of Clinical-Education at the National University Cancer Institute, Singapore, said: "For true healing to occur, we must address their psychological needs and their emotional well-being.

“Research has shown that this is not achieved through more intensive chemotherapy or more visits to the doctors but by allowing these patients to participate in activities that address their cancer journey, the trauma, the anxiety and the uncertainty, and so that is why the National University Cancer Institute, Singapore has dedicated a space for this purpose.

“It is a space that is separate and does not look like the rest of the clinics. It is where patients can come and relax and also participate in some of the activities. We have support groups where patients can share their stories and gain hope from other cancer survivors.” 

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