I have wanted to post something about this report since the results were released last month. Here’s an excerpt:
Cancer Diet Guidelines Often Inconsistent: Study
Friday, 29 Mar 2013Are low-fat or high-calorie diets better for cancer patients? A new analysis of online dietary recommendations from the nation’s major cancer institutions has found they are lacking, inconsistent, and often contradictory — leaving many cancer survivors confused about how best to boost their recovery through nutrition.The analysis, by oncologists at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, reviewed all 21 of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) member institutions and found that only four provided nutritional guidelines, with seven linking to external sites. What’s more, many of the sites with recommendations contradicted one another.Half promoted a low-fat, high-carbohydrate diet, and half promoted weight maintenance during treatment — recommending a 1:1 ratio of carbohydrate to fat. But of the four external sites that provided nutrition guidelines, half favored a low-fat, high-carbohydrate diet, and half favored high-caloric intake to maintain weight.
In other words: About half the information presented or linked to on NCCN sites contradicted the other half.The results, published online in the international journal Nutrition and Cancer, highlight the need for standardized evidence-based guidelines on dietary recommendations for cancer patients, the Thomas Jefferson researchers said.“More and more patients are coming to their doctors and asking for nutritional recommendations before and after treatment, but there is really no standard direction to send them,” said Colin Champ, M.D., a resident in the Department of Radiation Oncology who helped conduct the analysis. “So we started looking at sources where people may go to see what information they were digesting.”Dr. Champ noted diet and nutrition can be a significant factor in a cancer patient’s recovery and the effectiveness of treatment. Surveys suggest more than 60 percent of patients search the Internet for guidance on diet, which is why “it’s imperative that information is as accurate and uniform as possible,” he added…
I often receive questions from cancer patients and caregivers about nutrition. It is hard to give them a straight answer. So many different opinions about what to do and not to do. Guess we all need to read as much as we can and make our best guess–because that’s all a lot of the “experts” are doing.
Feel good and keep smiling! Pat