‘Cutting Calories as Complementary Cancer Care’

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breastResearchers at the Kimmel Cancer Center are initiating a clinical trial that is the first of its kind.

Their hypothesis is that the restriction of calorie intake during breast cancer treatment could serve as a complementary method of fighting and overcoming the disease.

Diet and cancer therapy is nothing new, but what’s new is bringing this to a trial that looks to establish evidence-based guidelines down the road.

Cutting calories during treatment

They intend to enroll 40 women with early-stage breast cancer and put them on a calorie-reduction diet that would cut their normal intake by one-quarter while they undergo standard radiation treatment.

Said Nicole Simone, principal investigator and assistant professor of radiation oncology at Thomas Jefferson University:

In our research, we’ve seen a 30 percent reduction in tumor size in mice, and they live much longer than mice not on a diet.

The 10-week trial will require patients to maintain a nutritional journal and meet once a week with counselors. They will work with the Myrna Brind Center of Integrative Medicine to coordinate diets to fit patient needs.

By Ross Bonander

Source: BeWellPhilly

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