• Cancer-Fighting Foods

    Asked by pmooty on Friday, April 12, 2013

    Cancer-Fighting Foods

    I am researching cancer-fighting foods and anti-angiogenesis. This is my hope for preventing future cancers, although my oncologist told me yesterday they are mainly helpful for preventing primary cancers (or those not already diagnosed and/or metastatic). I was hoping any undetectable process might be affected by these super foods. Does anyone have a success story or suggestions with diet changes? I am trying new recipes and marking all the "cancer-fighting" ingredients. At least it makes me feel like I have some control over the future of my health.

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    • HearMeRoar's Avatar

      Hello Pmooty! I am so with you on the quest to fight with all the tools at my disposal! I'm trying not to hold myself to a strict diet during treatment - but afterwards I will consider healthful eating my ongoing treatment ---- my good treatment of my temple :). I have heard that wheat and sugar feed cancer. I have had success eliminating (or greatly reducing) those in the past. I am getting into eating non-GMO foods right now and some organic (as I can afford it).

      There will be people on here that will tell you you should just eat a balanced diet and food doesn't help that much. I am convinced that our food supply is causing a lot of our cancers. All these genetically modified organisms... food isn't what it used to be!

      over 5 years ago
    • GGP's Avatar

      Take a look at the WhatNext blog here=>www.whatnext.com/blog one of our own WhatNexters @kendalhhc has a book titled, "Kicking Cancer In The Kitchen" she has a couple articles on the blog as well as links to her book.

      over 5 years ago
    • LonesomeDove's Avatar

      Hi pmooty, my husband was always eating everything that was good for the body, he felt better when he was eating salads,but after he got his cancer his eating habits changed a lot. He had no problem with sliced avocado, baked chicken and onion ( soft taco's ), water melon cantaloupe lots of fruits, certain vegetables . He said, after the treatments, he didn't have much of an appetite, and couldn't eat salads like he use to. So I used cabbage cut into chunks instead of lettuce it seemed to help him a lot as the lettuce was harder for him to digest for some reason. But he loved the fruit salads they were cool and once in a while I would add avocado chunks too. He have to give up broccoli and cauliflower they seemed to bother him.
      I hope this will help you a little, as far as a diet change, change it to suit you what helps you
      and makes you feel good. Not what others say works, because what works for them may not be what works for you. Best of luck.

      over 5 years ago
    • ddkk3's Avatar

      I've been feeling just like you! I want to make sure to eat better once I finish chemo. There is a lot of concern nowadays with the nitrates and nitrites used in lunchmeats (think turkey slices, ham, etc.) and their carcinogenic effects so I may try to stay away from them. Burnt foods are also said to be carcinogenic. On the positive side, anti-oxidants are known to fight radicals (radicals are unstable compounds which can cause cancer) so look for foods with those.

      And I agree with HearMeRoar! There is no way all that processed junk we keep eating is normal. I need to stop eating packaged foods totally and stick with fresh whole foods. This is difficult to do, though : )

      I have also heard that sugar feeds cancer cells. I asked my oncologist about this and his answer was, "Well, sugar feeds us, too!" He wasn't too concerned about it.

      over 5 years ago
    • pmooty's Avatar

      Thanks! I am reading Dr. Andrew Weil's books and using recipes from "True Foods". He is known for anti-inflammation nutrition but that falls in line with many cancer-fighting research sites, such as "Eat to Defeat Cancer" - http://www.eattodefeat.org/
      I am surprised at how simple changes add these "cancer-fighters" to our diet and how many of these are not that hard to find or incorporate. I grew up on fried foods and then of course many boxed conveniences. My grandparents lived to be in their 90s and their table was always full of their garden goodies. I'm trying to change! I read that 2/3 of our diet should be plant-based and that makes sense. I agree that while going through chemo you should probably eat whatever you can stomach. I made a pact with myself that when I got through I would try harder to do more of the things I'm researching.

      over 5 years ago
    • Clyde's Avatar

      Be careful of making any drastic changes to your diet. Even something an innocuous as a cookie eaten every day and then stopped can throw your system. Wean yourself off anything you decide to stop eating, you will find it easier to eventually give it up than trying to go cold turkey.

      I agree about highly processed foods and try to eat as much natural food as possible. I love red meat and have stayed with it, but I never eat at fast food restaurants. I avoid sodas and anything with high fructose corn syrup. If the rest of the developed world think it is bad for the body, why are we not paying attention? I actually avoid corn almost all together as it seems to upset my stomach and has for years.

      If you are taking any meds, make sure you consult with your doctor about any potential conflicts. Even healthy food can have an adverse reaction with some chems.

      And just because you heard it on TV don't make it true.

      over 5 years ago
    • pmooty's Avatar

      My oncologist said good things about super foods also, but did not say much about diet changes. I think he even mentioned "no guarantee". I'm not asking for a guarantee, but I'd like to know what I can do to help maintain my health and healing. I find it interesting they are not pushing people to eat healthier, especially colon cancer patients.

      over 5 years ago
    • carm's Avatar

      I am an oncology nurse and I can't tell you what foods might help however, I do recommend Shark Cartilage to my patients because of its anti angiogenesis properties. Best of luck to you, Carm RN.

      over 5 years ago
    • KendallHHC's Avatar

      You do have some control! There are never guarantees, but what you eat certainly makes a difference.

      You might be interested in this: http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2013/04/03/1304321110 (DHA inhibits angiogenesis, tumor growth, and metastasis)...Omega 3 Fatty Acids: Very High in Ground Flax Seeds, also available in many RAW nuts and seeds including hemp seeds, fish oil. Sea vegetables (most nutrient-rich plant on our planet!), leafy greens, sprouts - eating foods that support the gut (fermented foods), which is where 80% of the immune system is located. Eating more plant-based, whole foods in general, more raw food, and getting the processed stuff out. Check out http://www.chrisbeatcancer.com/the-cause-of-all-disease-toxemia-explained/ and http://www.veria.com/tv/show/the-incurables.

      I know of people who have healed from cancer w/o conventional treatment, others who have taken an integrative approach, as my coauthor/friend and I did (Kicking Cancer in the Kitchen). Also know of some of seem to do all the "right" things, but the cancer recurs or worsens. However, 90% of cancers are rooted in lifestyle and environment, and that includes diet (University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center). Other factors are also at play - what you put ON your body, chemicals in your home, stress, etc. Personally, I feel that if I can reduce as many risk factors as possible and feel so much better/healthier in the process, then why not do what you can. I've completely changed the way I eat since my diagnosis - I'm not perfect, but I have fun with it and feel better than I ever have!

      over 5 years ago
    • CAS1's Avatar

      There is absolutly no SOLID proof that diet causes or cures cancer. Lets get this established.
      And 90% of cancers are not environmental. Thats also not true. Eating a healthy diet and exercising are very important for many diffrent reasons in the body. I hope not to perpetuate any guilt that this unproven information implies.

      Steve Jobs was given a cancer dx and he could have survived with immediate surgery and chemo/radiation. In fact he had a very good prognosis. He chose to go alternative for 8 months and it cost him his life. 100's of these stories out there.

      What has been proven is exercise reduces reccurance in BC therefore it could also have a positive impact on other cancers too. Constant inflamation is related to cancer causing mutations but we don't know enough yet to say what % of cancers are caused by this.

      The Mediterranean diet is considered the healthy way to go. I am Greek from Greece. We grew up on home made yogurt, no red meat and fresh everything. My entire family has been wiped out from cancer going back to my grand parents in greece. There are no lower levels of cancer in the Med and if you see oncologists or Doctors eat you will also see what i mean.

      I spent a great deal of time at MSK,Harvard, N.Y. Pres, U of C etc.

      Healthy balanced diet yes, it has many many important factors to it.. Exercise even more but to suggest that diet cures cancers is simply not true and is dangerous. Have environmental toxins caused cancer-yes ..but are we certain of the diets impact on cancer..No there is no conclusive evidence to prove this.

      Yes, take good care of yourself, eat right, take the time to put yourself first and foremost, exercise and play and enjoy. But all in balance..Don't put pressure on yourself to change everything and get all natural..But stay the course with traditional medicine. And go easy on yourself and just do your best to eat healthy and exercise. Fresh is always better and no red meat is also a plus with more fish.

      Harvard has a nutrition section in their news letter with a pie chart of meal planning.

      over 5 years ago
    • pmooty's Avatar

      Thanks everyone for the input! I appreciate all the responses and the time you took to supply information. I must reiterate that I am not trying to heal my cancer in an alternate form. I have already been through surgery and 12 rounds of prescribed chemotherapy. I am looking into lifestyle choices that might reduce my chances for recurrence or possible prevention of other types of cancer. Research may seem conflicting but most will state that diet is indeed somewhat of a factor. How can it not be? Our diet fuels our body and feeds our cells. I plan on researching and pursuing whole foods and primarily plant-based diet as an aid in my healing and future wellness. I agree with my doctor that there is no guarantee, but as he and I agree..it certainly cannot hurt to get back to whole and natural foods. I will look at the suggestions and links you provided! Thank you!

      over 5 years ago
    • kevin_ryan's Avatar

      I am reading a book called "The China study", which is available on Amazon for about 10 bucks. This advocates plant based protein over animal based protein and have some pretty amazing statistics from animal tests as well as people tests. I have just finished my 12 rounds of chemo but am not suited for radiation or surgery as my colon cancer has spread through the lymph nodes to my lungs and liver. i dropped 90 lbs in weight at my worst but have put nearly 30 of that back on again. I go to the gym 3 times per week and do light weight training as well as walking 1-2 miles. I think exercise is very important and it gets the endorphin's going as well as making you stronger.
      I have no idea what really works, but will certainly avoid junk food and processed foods.
      One thing that has helped is that I am not working anymore, so home to actually cook.
      Good luck with this

      over 5 years ago
    • alivenwell's Avatar

      I am eating a colorful plate of food since it has a nice appearance and more antioxidants. Usually, I have more fruit, but I honestly need to increase intake of vegetables as well. My protein comes from Greek Yogurt or cheese. Small steps...one step at a time.

      over 5 years ago

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