Prevention Over Reaction: Penny Kechagioglou on Proactive Cancer Care

The Art of Living Proactively (Harnessing the Power of Your Choices)

Oct 7 2023 • 37 mins

In this captivating episode of "The Art of Living Proactively," host Tony Winyard welcomes guest Penny Kechagioglou, an esteemed oncologist and advocate for proactive cancer care. With a parable that sets the stage, Penny takes us on a thought-provoking journey into the world of prevention and the ever-evolving landscape of healthcare.

Drawing on her extensive training in oncology and public health, Penny shares her unique perspective on the power of prevention in our fight against cancer. She discusses the need for a paradigm shift in healthcare, from reactive treatment to proactive measures that prioritize population health and individual well-being.

Intriguingly, Penny delves into the world of digital health, highlighting its potential to create a supportive community and empower individuals through personalized monitoring and virtual consultations. She also explores the growing interest in functional medicine, a holistic approach that aims to uncover the root causes of illnesses by considering factors from early childhood to present day.

But Penny's passion doesn't stop there. She takes us on a fascinating journey through her work as a health coach, emphasizing the vital role of lifestyle changes and prevention in cancer care. She shares her excitement about partnering with a renowned cancer coach to bring a tailor-made program focused on an anti-cancer lifestyle to the UK, providing much-needed support to cancer patients and healthy individuals alike.

With her drive to improve patient experiences and her unwavering commitment to personalized care and research, Penny offers valuable insights and hopes for an optimistic future in cancer care. Join us for this captivating episode as we explore the power of choices and proactive approaches in shaping a healthier tomorrow.


01:41 Parable about being proactive
03:38 Penny's thoughts on being proactive
04:34 How was your medical training?
05:40 You also trained as a Functional Medicine doctor?
07:23 "All disease starts in the gut"
08:17 When did you graduate?
10:22 Why did you choose to work in oncology?
11:55 Treating the symptoms rather than the cause
13:33 Cancer, genetics and environment
15:06 Penny's magic wand for health
16:37 Contact with nature
17:44 Working for The Cancer Coach and Tree of Life
20:25 Could this change how we approach cancer?
21:34 What is digital health?
22:54 How important is community?
24:03 How does The Tree of Life work?
24:35 Covid and handshakes
25:44 Your thoughts on anxiety levels?
27:30 The NHS and health coaches
29:10 How might the NHS change in the future?
30:54 There are lots of changes happening in oncology
32:15 Writing a book with Katherine Steele
33:59 Which book has moved you?
35:11 How to contact Penny
35:43 Favourite quote
36:35 Next weeks episode

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Embark on an enlightening journey to discover the essence of proactive living in my podcast, "The Art of Living Proactively: Harnessing the Power of Your Choices".

Your guide is none other than Tony Winyard, a multifaceted professional committed to the cause of health and wellness. He's a qualified Functional Medicine Health Coach, Oxygen Advantage Instructor, HeartMath Certified Coach, nutrition coach accredited by Precision Nutrition, a Laughter Yoga Instructor and a Tiny Habits coach. This comprehensive set of skills allows Tony to navigate the complex web of interconnected wellness disciplines, providing a holistic approach to health.

Tony champions the cause of busy individuals, helping them reclaim their health through gradual and transformative changes in lifestyle, habits, and nutrition. With an impressive career spanning over 20 years in coaching, public speaking, and workshop facilitation, Tony has impacted lives from diverse backgrounds and cultures. He is fervently dedicated to empowering individuals to upgrade their health, well-being, and overall life quality.
With Tony, your journey to wellness is grounded in the five core pillars of health - sleep, stress management, breathing, nutrition, and physical activity. He assists clients in embracing beneficial habits while shedding unwanted ones.

Whether you seek online sessions or in-person engagement, individual coaching or group interaction, or are looking for corporate health and wellness programmes, Tony's offerings cater to all your needs.

Ready to conquer your health journey? Reach out to Tony and discover the power of proactive living.

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