Diet may matter for prognosis of colon cancer
A diet rich in red and processed meats, fat, sweets, and refined grains (also called the Western dietary pattern) seems to increase the risk of recurrence of disease and death in people with colon cancer. A prospective observational study assessed dietary habits in more than 1000 people with stage III colon cancer who participated in a randomised trial of chemotherapy regimens after complete surgical resection of the primary tumour.
People in the highest fifth of Western dietary pattern were more than three times as likely to have a recurrence or die during a median follow-up of 5.3 years than people in the lowest fifth. The results remained significant after adjusting for sex, age, nodal stage, body mass index, physical activity, baseline performance status, and trial treatment group. However, the prudent dietary pattern wasn’t protective: a diet with higher intake of fish and poultry, fruits and vegetables, legumes and whole grains didn’t improve outcome.( Journal American Medical Association 2007 , vol 298, 754-64 )
I am not sure what this tells us but clearly here is an instance for a range of collaborative trials. Patients long to
know what to eat after cancer surgery. . Someone might find out using proper clinical trial, not prejudiced guesses. .
I had a friend , a devoted naturalist and ate the ideal diet by her lights. She developed cancer of the ovary. She refused treatment except surgery. She took malt for her three years prognosis. As good an outcome as more radical treatment.
- Martin Eastwood