Fasting for religious reasons and cancer

Right now the forty-day period of Lent is under way, ending with Easter, and the holy month of Ramadan is expected to begin today.

During Ramadan, many Muslims will be taking part in religious practices and fasting from sunrise to sunset each day for one lunar month, based on sighting of the moon. 

According to CIPD, as a result of fasting during daylight hours, people’s concentration and productivity are likely to be lower than normal towards the end of the day. 

For those who will fast and work and those with cancer, the physical effects can be challenging. But additional steps can be taken to ensure you are supported during this period.

On the Blood Cancer UK website, Nabeela gives an insightful account of her experience fasting after completing her Hodgkin lymphoma treatment. There is also advice and guidance on the religious fasting page.