Understanding the Nutritional Challenges of Cancer Survivors


Understanding the Nutritional Challenges of Cancer Survivors is working to identify the role that food security plays in cancer survivorship and how cancer survivors prioritize their nutrition and food needs. 

The project aims to improve the lives of cancer survivors by reducing food insecurity and better addressing survivors’ nutritional needs. Researchers are investigating how cancer survivors prioritize food and nutrition expenses, their household dynamics, nutrition and diet, financial management skills, and well-being and happiness.

This groundbreaking research will also inform a larger national study addressing the effectiveness of various interventions that are aimed at helping cancer survivors, the interventions’ effectiveness, and how they can be improved.

This project is a joint research study by Carle Cancer Center and the Family Resiliency Center at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Downloadable Overview

Understanding the Nutritional Challenges of Cancer Survivors PDF

Research Team

  • Anna Arthur, PhD, Principal Investigator, Assistant Professor, Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition
  • Craig Gunderson, PhD, Co-Principal Investigator, Professor, Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics
  • Brenda Koester, MS, Co-Investigator, Assistant Director, Family Resiliency Center


This project is funded through the Christopher Family Foundation Food and Family Program.

The Food and Family Program is designed to support innovative transdisciplinary research that can unravel the complex connections between the family environment and healthy active lifestyles for all


Dr. Anna Arthur
Assistant Professor 
Phone: 217-244-4890
Email: aarthur@illinois.edu