Men with Prostate Cancer who Ate a Low-Fat Fish Oil Diet Showed Changes in their Cancer Tissue

“Men with prostate cancer who ate a low-fat diet and took fish oil supplements had lower levels of pro-inflammatory substances in their blood and a lower cell cycle progression score, a measure used to predict cancer recurrence, than men who ate a typical Western diet, UCLA researchers found. The findings are important because lowering the cell cycle progression (CCP) score may help prevent prostate cancers from becoming more aggressive, said study lead author William Aronson, a clinical professor of urology at UCLA and chief of urologic oncology at the West Los Angeles Veterans Affairs Medical Center.”

Cancer Patients Should Take Online Diet Advice with a Grain of Salt

What people eat may affect the outcome of their cancer treatment, and 60% of cancer patients look online for diet guidance. But they may be getting bad advice. Only 11 out of 21 major U.S. cancer centers have websites that either give nutrition advice or link to other sites that do, according to a recent study. Worse, the advice is contradictory—half of the websites recommend a low-fat, high-carbohydrate diet, while the other half recommend equal amounts of fat and carbohydrates. In addition, recommendations should be tailored to individual patients because nutritional needs vary by cancer type and stage. The researchers call for studies to develop sound guidelines for people’s diets during and after cancer treatment.

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