Topic: Intermittent Fasting May Help Cancer Treatments Work Better

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Posted on: Dec 16, 2021 11:57AM

Posted on: Dec 16, 2021 11:57AM

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Intermittent Fasting May Help Cancer Treatments Work Better, Small, Early Study Suggests
November 30, 2021

A small study suggests that a specific type of intermittent fasting is safe and possible for people diagnosed with cancer and may boost the effectiveness of cancer treatments such as chemotherapy, immunotherapy, and hormonal therapy. It's the first time this type of intermittent fasting has been studied in people. Read more...

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Jan 28, 2022 12:34PM Loomisgal wrote:

I am considering the Prolon FMD. Has anyone done this fast?

Dx 9/1/2017, IDC, Right, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-, Surgery 9/27/2017 Lumpectomy: Right Radiation Therapy 10/22/2017 3DCRT: Breast Surgery 5/6/2018 Reconstruction (right): Fat grafting
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Jan 28, 2022 01:52PM santabarbarian wrote:

I did FMD (not proton but I used foods that mimicked the same calories/fat/etc.

I did it every chemo, #2-6, with chemo day as the middle day of the 5. It made my SEs much easier (did not time fast properly for chemo #1). I have been FMDind ever 2nd month ever since. It feels good and I want my immune system to be on point!

The calorie #s I did were Day 1, 1200, Day 2-5, 800. I believe that's the proton calorie plan. Veggie heavy low protein low carb.

pCR after neoadjuvant chemo w/ integrative practices; Proton rads. Dx 7/13/2018, IDC, Left, 3cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, ER-/PR-, HER2- Chemotherapy 8/13/2018 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 12/27/2018 Lumpectomy; Lumpectomy (Left) Radiation Therapy 2/11/2019 Whole breast: Breast, Lymph nodes
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Jan 28, 2022 11:07PM Loomisgal wrote:

Thank you so much for sharing! And congratulations on maintaining your FMD schedule! Did you make a detailed diet plan ahead of time and measure proportions? It has been recommended that I do this monthly as although the cancer i had was Er/Pr positive and early stage it is aggressive and not responsive to endocrine therapy. Unfortunately it wasn't found out till 4 years later and too late for chemo. How did you find out about FMD?

Dx 9/1/2017, IDC, Right, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-, Surgery 9/27/2017 Lumpectomy: Right Radiation Therapy 10/22/2017 3DCRT: Breast Surgery 5/6/2018 Reconstruction (right): Fat grafting
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Jan 29, 2022 08:05AM santabarbarian wrote:

I figured out my foods ahead of time. It's pretty easy. Must be less than 10% protein. The rest is green veggies, mushrooms, avocado, seeds & nuts berries. Broth. 250-300 cal per meal. Prolon is easier but more $.

pCR after neoadjuvant chemo w/ integrative practices; Proton rads. Dx 7/13/2018, IDC, Left, 3cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, ER-/PR-, HER2- Chemotherapy 8/13/2018 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 12/27/2018 Lumpectomy; Lumpectomy (Left) Radiation Therapy 2/11/2019 Whole breast: Breast, Lymph nodes
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Jan 29, 2022 08:06AM santabarbarian wrote:

I read about FMD when researching metabolic approaches to helping cancer treatment. The doctor who developed it has a site. Dr Valter Longo at USC.

pCR after neoadjuvant chemo w/ integrative practices; Proton rads. Dx 7/13/2018, IDC, Left, 3cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, ER-/PR-, HER2- Chemotherapy 8/13/2018 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 12/27/2018 Lumpectomy; Lumpectomy (Left) Radiation Therapy 2/11/2019 Whole breast: Breast, Lymph nodes
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Jan 30, 2022 11:13AM Loomisgal wrote:

Thank you! I just got his book too!

Dx 9/1/2017, IDC, Right, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-, Surgery 9/27/2017 Lumpectomy: Right Radiation Therapy 10/22/2017 3DCRT: Breast Surgery 5/6/2018 Reconstruction (right): Fat grafting
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Jan 30, 2022 11:22AM santabarbarian wrote:

Actually the easy way, if you can stand the monotony, is to have one med avocado at each meal. It provides the right balance of fiber fat etc.


pCR after neoadjuvant chemo w/ integrative practices; Proton rads. Dx 7/13/2018, IDC, Left, 3cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, ER-/PR-, HER2- Chemotherapy 8/13/2018 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 12/27/2018 Lumpectomy; Lumpectomy (Left) Radiation Therapy 2/11/2019 Whole breast: Breast, Lymph nodes
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Jan 30, 2022 02:00PM - edited Feb 1, 2022 08:14AM by jons_girl

very interesting thread! I intermittent fastevery day post cancer. I just feel better doing that too.

Breast cancer at age 49. Felt tumor. Wasn’t caught on mammo even after feeling tumor. Ultrasound caught my cancer. Dx 6/2017, IDC, Left, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 7/5/2017 Lumpectomy; Lumpectomy (Left); Lymph node removal
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Jan 30, 2022 02:59PM Loomisgal wrote:

Thank you. I had no idea!

Dx 9/1/2017, IDC, Right, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-, Surgery 9/27/2017 Lumpectomy: Right Radiation Therapy 10/22/2017 3DCRT: Breast Surgery 5/6/2018 Reconstruction (right): Fat grafting
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Feb 1, 2022 08:22AM - edited Feb 1, 2022 08:25AM by jons_girl

I was almost grade 2 cancer as I recall.

I don't do anything special diet wise tho. I just eat as healthfully as I can. (No meat, no alcohol, try to stay away from too much refined sugar, lots of veggies and fruits and I eat grains)

I only eat twice a day. Main meal and snack. So after my last meal I don't eat again til like noon the next day. My fast is long. But it's working for me so far. I only did surgery. No rads. No hormone blockers. I have diagnostics every 6 months to just watch me. But so far all is well. 5 yrs without cancer this June.

This is working for me. Just sharing. Don't expect everyone to do what I'm doing.

Have a wonderful day everyone!

Breast cancer at age 49. Felt tumor. Wasn’t caught on mammo even after feeling tumor. Ultrasound caught my cancer. Dx 6/2017, IDC, Left, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 7/5/2017 Lumpectomy; Lumpectomy (Left); Lymph node removal

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