This is an article from MedScape that describes the importance of a healthy diet after cancer. Please note, as always, that there is no evidence that diet prevents cancer or lowers a recurrence risk, but there is plenty of evidence that it is good for our overall health to eat well. This is a recurring conversation in my office, and I always wish there were something specific to suggest. Wouldn't it be nice it nightly broccoli really would keep the cancer away?
Here's an excerpt and a link to read more:
February 18, 2011 — Cancer survivors are rapidly increasing in number. There are now an estimated 12 million in the United States, comprising 4% of the total population, compared with only 3 million in 1971.
These individuals face a number of health issues, noted Wendy Demark-Wahnefried, PhD, professor of nutritional sciences at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
"Paramount in their consciousness is the risk of cancer recurrence, and indeed this is a risk, but there are a number of chronic diseases, such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and osteoporosis, that are also prevalent problems — perhaps more prevalent than the cancer itself," she said.
Some of these chronic problems can be prevented or managed by nutrition interventions — "in fact, that is proven," Dr. Demark-Wahnefried said.
However, it's not known whether nutrition and dietary changes have an impact on cancer recurrence or cancer progression, she pointed out.