There are a lot of available treatments for cancer depending on the severity of the disease and the malignancy of the cancer cells, but recent researches found out that plant based nutrition and diet have possible great contribution to the fight.
Dr. Patrick Quillin, Vice President of Nutrition for Cancer Treatment Centers of America, Inc in his article "Nutrition in Cancer Treatment" discussed the importance and contribution of plant based diet in the fight against cancer. The article emphasized, and is further supported by Doll and Peto (1192) that dietary factors have been thought to account for about 30% of cancers in western countries.
Although the articles and lots of other information have been published in almost any medium throughout the world, doubts still exist among the minds of the desperate cancer victim. Since the discoveries of the potential of nutrition as an aid to fight cancer evidence to show it cured or prevented the disease is still not as convincing. The inclusion of plant based diet in cancer victims may lower the chance of recurrence as a cause of the changes in dietary preferences and may not be a direct causes of the nutrients the new food or diet contains. To support this view Key, et. al (188) stated that the type of cancers reported in western countries, such as colorectal, breast, and prostate cancers, are associated with their diet which contain greater amount of meat and low in plant based foods. Likewise cancers of the esophagus, stomach and liver, are associated with diets containing starchy staple foods, and low intakes of animal products, fat and sugar. Therefore it is highly probable that changing diet may lower the chance for cancer associated with the old food types but chances that other cancer related to the new food types may arise.
Balanced nutrition to support cancer patient
The National Cancer Institute reported that results from the Women's Intervention Nutrition Study (WINS) shows postmenopausal women who reduce their consumption of dietary fat and have been treated for early-stage breast cancer reduce their chances for breast cancer recurrence or a second breast cancer. Overweight or obesity increases the risk for cancers of the esophagus (adenocarcinoma), colorectum, breast (postmenopausal), endometrium and kidney (Key, et. al. 187). These and other evidences show the promise of proper nutrition in the fight against cancer, but they do not suggest the type of food is important. Based on these results, it appeared that indeed it is not the type of food that could reduce the risk of cancer but proper proportion. Obesity is associated with over-consumption. Likewise reduction means there is an excess of certain nutrient and that reduction does not hamper the regular body processes.
Quillin (2001) stated the benefits of proper nutrition for cancer victims in terms of fighting malnutrition. It is reported that 40% or more of cancer patients die because of improper nutrition. When medical therapy cannot be avoided, better nutrition serves as a buffer to counter the toxic effects of other therapies on healthy cells. Good nutrition increases the power of the immune system by feeding nutrients that enhances it thereby increasing its effectiveness to fight the cancer cells