May 25, 2019 09:50AM
May 25, 2019 09:51AM
Myth #1: "You might as well enjoy yourself, and eat anything you like-- milkshakes and pizza-- during chemo." And it's cousin: "what you eat does not matter."
You see both these attitudes all over these boards -- people slap down nutrition info on the logic that 'their vegan yoga teacher got cancer anyway so it does not matter....'
Yet a host of studies indicate there are many foods and metabolic conditions which help cause cancer (trans fats, nitrites, etc). Others contain compounds that can kill it (Resveratrol, EGCG, I3C). Cancer is a metabolic condition (affected by glucose, carbs, insulin, diabetes). Cancer likes inflammation, fats, hormones (dairy and meat).
A whole-food, plant-based diet is the best and healthiest paradigm for humans, as well as being the lowest in terms of recurrence rates (diets with under 20% of calories from fat also very low recurrence).
Western processed foods and non-nutritive corporate "foods" are not what our bodies are supposed to run on. You can be both fat and malnourished on these empty foods. It's only logical that well nourished people are going to be healthier!!
Myth #2: "It's bad to take antioxidants during chemo." Just because there is no double blind trial proving the benefit of something does not negate its possible benefit... Many clinicians are sold on the benefits of vitamins, supplements, and antioxidants during chemo and have great outcomes in their practices. Nobody pays $50M for double blind trial for a cheap antioxidant...
Most MOs are NOT well informed about nutrition and supplements.
pCR after neoadjuvant chemo w/ integrative practices
7/13/2018, IDC, Left, 3cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, ER-/PR-, HER2- (FISH)
8/13/2018 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel)
12/27/2018 Lumpectomy: Left
2/11/2019 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes