• Q:What is a healthy diet before and during chemo. If supplements are in question, what about antioxidant foods like blueberries, and cabbage

    Asked by seiuchin on Thursday, September 6, 2012

    Q:What is a healthy diet before and during chemo. If supplements are in question, what about antioxidant foods like blueberries, and cabbage

    Can you lots of antioxidant foods everyday, and stop cancer cells from growing?

    3 Answers from the Community

    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      welcome to the site! this is just my opinion,but you can eat a whole blueberry plant and it's not going to keep the cells from growing. If that worked, chemo would consist of eating blueberrys. Now I'm sure it doesn't hurt, my wife is constantly giving me something like that. It's fine, I'll eat it. But it's not going to cure, or stop anythiing. I wish it would, it would be a lot easier drinking a glass of juice than taking the needle and chemo.
      Best of luck to you! Hope your treatments are easy and quick.

      about 8 years ago
    • abrub's Avatar

      I've posted this elsewhere, but it bears repeating: some foods that are good for you when you are not undergoing cancer treatments (radiation and/or chemo) can be detrimental to your treatment. Anti-oxidants, for example, are generally excellent for you, but many chemo treatments work to oxidize cancer cells, so the antioxidants in blueberries, pomegranate, and green tea actually work against your treatment, and are best avoided.

      My source is the Integrative Medicine at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

      Here is a link to a set of lectures on vitamins and supplements in relation to cancer and treatment: http://www.mskcc.org/mskcc/html/96363.cfm

      Dr. Wesa explains why antioxidants can work against chemo and radiation; what to avoid when, and what supplements are advantageous. The lectures total about an hour in length, but are well worth watching. Sometimes what is healthy for you is also very healthy for the cancer cells, and encourages them to grow. Please consider this when you modify your diet, and please review all dietary questions with your onc.

      about 8 years ago
    • nancyjac's Avatar

      The same diet that is healthy any other time. One that provide adequate nutrition without excesses that don't provide much nutrition. Having cancer treatment doesn't change that. What it may change is you ability to eat, so during chemo is hardly the time to suddenly develop a healthy diet. Eat whatever you can get down.

      If anything, antioxidants (both in food and as supplements should be avoided during treatment as they can interfere with the effectiveness of treatments. Do not take any supplements without clearing it with your oncologist.

      about 8 years ago

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