Diet after the cancer diagnosisApril 10, 2017 April 10, 2017
There are many studies that link eating certain foods with lowering the risk of recurrence in cancer survivors and improving quality of life during conventional treatments. Here are more recent findings:
- Doctors in the United Kingdom’s University Hospitals Bristol Education Centre write: “A growing body of observational evidence suggests that nutritional and physical activity interventions are associated with beneficial outcomes for men with prostate cancer, including brisk walking, lycopene intake, increased fruit and vegetable intake and reduced dairy consumption.” 1
- Doctor’s at Germany’s Leopoldina Hospital Schweinfurt suggest that low-carb – high protein diets administered as supportive measures during radiotherapy are safe and might be helpful in preservation of muscle mass.2
- Patients with advanced cancer can benefit from a rehabilitation program combining exercise, nutritional counselling and symptom control, according to an evidence review in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). Palliative care programs should be expanded to include these elements and should be available to patients from diagnosis.3
There are many lifestyle changes to consider after a diagnosis of cancer: How you eat is one of them.
New research is suggesting the obvious to cancer survival patients – diet and lifestyle changes after the diagnosis of cancer may affect prognosis.
Researchers noted that several studies have shown that:
- weight gain,
- a sedentary lifestyle,
- metabolic syndrome,
- high serum levels of insulin,
- and inflammation, after the diagnosis of cancer are associated with an increased incidence of recurrences.
Diet changes after cancer diagnosis eat more cruciferous vegetables
As we have noted here at the Magaziner Center, and in the cited research in the medical journal Cancer Treatment and Research, in the clinical management of cancer, little attention is presently paid to improving lifestyle and controlling body weight.4
Recently a study by Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center and Shanghai Center for Disease Control and Prevention investigators reveals that breast cancer survivors who eat more cruciferous vegetables may have improved survival. Besides the antioxidant factors, cruciferous vegetables are a low caloric food.
The study found survival rates were significantly influenced by vegetable consumption. As women ate more of these vegetables, their risk of death or cancer recurrence decreased. 5
Some cruciferous vegetables commonly found at the market are:
- Brussels sprouts
- Collard greens
The complexities of cancer are apparent from the incredible amount of literature that the medical community produces every year. Cancer is complex, it is not a single disease but an evolving mutation of genes that follow their own rules in the body. It is important that different cancer studies reflect different cancers and different cancers are indeed different from each other.
1 Hackshaw-McGeagh L, Lane JA, Persad R, Gillatt D, Holly JM, Koupparis A, Rowe E, Johnston L, Cloete J, Shiridzinomwa C, Abrams P, Penfold CM, Bahl A, Oxley J, Perks CM, Martin R. Prostate cancer – evidence of exercise and nutrition trial (PrEvENT): study protocol for a randomised controlled feasibility trial. Trials. 2016 Mar 7;17(1):123. doi: 10.1186/s13063-016-1248-x.
2 Klement RJ, Sweeney RA. Impact of a ketogenic diet intervention during radiotherapy on body composition: I. Initial clinical experience with six prospectively studied patients. BMC Res Notes. 2016 Mar 5;9(1):143. doi: 10.1186/s13104-016-1959-9.
4. Berrino F. Life style prevention of cancer recurrence: the yin and the yang. Cancer Treat Res. 2014;159:341-51. doi: 10.1007/978-3-642-38007-5_20.
6. Madhwa Raj et al. Simultaneous Inhibition of Cell – Cycle, Proliferation, Survival, Metastatic Pathways and Induction of Apoptosis in Breast Cancer Cells by a Phytochemical Super – Cocktail: Genes That Underpin Its Mode of Action. Journal of Cancer, November 2013