Conventional oncology is often not prepared to counsel their patients for long-term cancer survival. Nutrition is just not part of the FDA’s mission. This is fine. You are on your own when it comes to living life as a cancer survivor.
Further, I am both a cancer survivor and cancer coach. My comments below are based on my research and personal experience. I am not any sort of nutritional professional.
Step 1- Nutrition for the cancer survivor is not a diet. It is a lifestyle change. Therefore changes you make to you diet must be sustainable. I will go so far as to say these changes must be easy to be sustainable. I believe the key to changing my diet was to take things step by step. My first step was to reduce my consumption of foods that most everyone agrees are unhealthy- processed sugar, animal fat and white flour are my big three. I am assuming you have already quick smoking tobacco if you are a smoker.
Step 2- Add fruits and vegetables to your diet. No big moves. As I said above, your nutrition is a lifestyle change not a diet. My wife is a chef and loves to cook. My wife prepared meals for our son, not for me. My job then was simply to reduce or eliminate processed sugar, animal fat (I still have trouble saying no to bacon) and white flour from the meal set in front of me.
Step 3- Once you have become comfortable with your diet of little or no processed sugar, animal fat and white flour and you have added fruits and veggies to every meal I encourage you to take your nutrition to the next level.
Research indicates that most every cancer has specific foods/supplements that fight that specific cancer. There are anti-prostate, breast, colon, etc. foods and supplements that you can slowly build into your day.
To learn more about those foods and supplements that are cytotoxic to your cancer please scroll down the page, post a question or comment and I will reply to you ASAP.
“Background: In many countries, there are growing numbers of persons living with a prior diagnosis of cancer, due to the aging population and more successful strategies for treatment. There is also growing evidence of the importance of healthful diet and weight management for survivorship, yet many long-term cancer survivors are not successfully following recommendations…
Results: Survivors following a more healthful diet were more likely to be female, have greater socioeconomic resources, more years since diagnosis, normal weight, and no smoking history…
Discussion: Most survivors had received little nutrition counseling as part of their cancer care, highlighting the importance of holistic, household-oriented nutrition education for maintaining health among long-term cancer survivors…”