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Ovarian Cancer Diet

With can­cer, many peo­p­le affec­ted rethink their own habits. Diet is part of it, becau­se now many are asking: is my mor­ning cof­fee still good for me? Does it even make me sick if I eat meat or drink milk? In the fol­lo­wing sec­tion you can find out whe­ther the­re are foods that you should avo­id and whe­re cau­ti­on might be appropriate.


Do I have to eat dif­fer­ent­ly after being dia­gno­sed with cancer?


As such, can­cer pati­ents do not requi­re any spe­cial diet. Basi­cal­ly, not only pati­ents but also all tho­se not affec­ted should pay atten­ti­on to a healt­hy and balan­ced diet in order to streng­then their own health. The­re is no spe­ci­fic diet against can­cer cells, even if spe­cial can­cer diets are repea­ted­ly pro­mo­ted in the press. Alt­hough the­re are indi­ca­ti­ons of unfa­vorable influen­ces of nut­ri­ti­on, e.g. B. through exces­si­ve con­sump­ti­on of refi­ned sugar and fat, which can play a role in trig­ge­ring can­cer. Howe­ver, the­re is no evi­dence that a par­ti­cu­lar diet can influence a tumor, let alo­ne the cour­se of the can­cer. On the con­tra­ry, most “can­cer diets”, if poor­ly car­ri­ed out, lead to mal­nu­tri­ti­on and mal­nu­tri­ti­on, which can serious­ly end­an­ger the patient.

In prin­ci­ple, the recom­men­da­ti­ons for a healt­hy diet should not dif­fer from tho­se for peo­p­le wit­hout a mali­gnant dise­a­se. Exces­si­ve alco­hol and nico­ti­ne con­sump­ti­on should in prin­ci­ple be rest­ric­ted or com­ple­te­ly avo­ided. A reduc­tion in obe­si­ty through less high-fat foods and a varied com­po­si­ti­on of food is also useful. Seve­ral small meals are usual­ly che­a­per than a few lar­ge ones. The meal should take place in a cozy atmo­sphe­re and the­re should be enough time to eat. The influence of the­se social aspects should not be unde­re­sti­ma­ted when it comes to nut­ri­ti­on. The fol­lo­wing are also recom­men­ded: reduc­tion of fre­quent meat con­sump­ti­on, use of who­le grain pro­ducts, regu­lar con­sump­ti­on of fruit and vege­ta­bles. In gene­ral, fresh pro­ducts (e.g. milk) should be con­su­med. Pre­ser­ved foods and nuts that are no lon­ger per­fect should be avo­ided. If signi­fi­cant seg­ments of the intesti­ne have been remo­ved during sur­gery or if the­re are diges­ti­ve pro­blems, spe­cial die­ta­ry recom­men­da­ti­ons may be neces­sa­ry. The­se should be work­ed out pro­fes­sio­nal­ly with your doc­tors and their nut­ri­ti­on teams.


A maga­zi­ne recom­mends taking high-dose vit­amin sup­ple­ments, what do you think?


The eupho­ria regar­ding the inta­ke of vit­amins is based on the “anti­oxi­dant theo­ry” of vit­amins A, C, E as sup­po­sed “can­cer pre­ven­ters”. Its effec­ti­ve­ness is based on a stu­dy of 29,000 mal­nou­ris­hed Chi­ne­se. In a Fin­nish stu­dy of 30,000 smo­kers, peo­p­le who recei­ved vit­amin A and E sup­ple­ments alo­ne or in com­bi­na­ti­on even ten­ded to have nega­ti­ve sym­ptoms. Sys­te­ma­tic stu­dies at the renow­ned Ame­ri­can Mayo Cli­nic in Roches­ter could not show any advan­ta­ges of high-dose vit­amin C the­ra­py com­pared to the con­trol group that recei­ved no vit­amin C. In addi­ti­on, the­re is even evi­dence that a par­al­lel admi­nis­tra­ti­on of vit­amin C to pla­ti­num-con­tai­ning che­mo­the­ra­py can trig­ger che­mo­the­ra­py resis­tance. Becau­se part of the effect of che­mo­the­ra­py is due to the for­ma­ti­on of so-cal­led free radi­cals, which are cau­sed by cer­tain vit­amins, such as. B. Vit­amin C, can be neutralized.

High doses of vit­amins can, albeit rare­ly, lead to side effects. The­r­e­fo­re, speak to your doc­tor ear­ly on about pos­si­ble side effects befo­re using any addi­tio­nal can­cer drugs or pro­ce­du­res. Side effects of high-dose vit­amin the­ra­py can include: flu­id reten­ti­on in the tis­sue, kid­ney stones, colic, diar­rhea and nausea.


I final­ly want to lose weight, what is the best way to do it?


Nut­ri­tio­nal advice and the­ra­py for onco­lo­gi­cal pati­ents should be based on the gene­ral­ly appli­ca­ble cri­te­ria (Inter­net at: http://www.krebshilfe.de/wir-informieren/material-fuer- Betroffene/blaue-ratgeber.html).

What is important is the ratio of the tar­get weight to the actu­al weight and how much weight should be lost in which peri­od. Plea­se cla­ri­fy this with your trea­ting doc­tor. A healt­hy diet with ple­nty of well-dosed phy­si­cal exer­cise is the basis for weight loss. Too much weight loss in a very short peri­od of time should be avo­ided as this puts addi­tio­nal strain on the body.

One-sided diets are also not advi­sa­ble, as they can cau­se defi­ci­en­cy sym­ptoms. Laxa­ti­ves or diet medi­ca­ti­on are gene­ral­ly not very sui­ta­ble; in any case, the­se mea­su­res must be dis­cus­sed with your doc­tor. When die­ting, you should make sure that you drink enough and con­su­me enough vit­amins and minerals.

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