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Is there a special diet a breast cancer patient should fallow? What you should and shouldn't eat?

Jill D Profile
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Stage 1 Patient over 2 years
  • Life is Good! Profile
    Survivor since 2003
    Great question! While doing chemo it is so important to keep hydrated. Drink lots of water. Eating small bland meals/snacks throughout the day rather than big meals, may help with nausea. I highly recommend the book The Pink Ribbon Diet" by Mary Flynn. She recommends a plant based diet, lots of vegetables, whole grains and good fats like olive oil and nuts, eggs, dairy, and fruits, and limited meat. She suggests eliminating red meat and partially hydrogenated foods, mayo, margarine and vegetable oils. Women with estrogen fed breast cancer should avoid soy, (edamame, tofu). Read labels... Soy is in a lot of foods such as cereals and granola bars. Foods high in omega 3s such as fish, nuts, flaxseed are said to be beneficial. Limit alcoholic beverages to no more than a couple a week. Red wine has been suggested to be the "healthiest" alcoholic drink. Treat yourself to chocolate or dessert once in a while. The key is moderation! Congrats on your commitment to eat healthy!
    over 2 years Comment Flag
  • Roxann C Profile
    Stage 1 Patient
    Jill, I have been reading a book entitled "Knockout, interviews with doctors who are curing cancer and how to prevent getting it in the first place" by Suzanne Somers. It's educational.
    over 2 years Comment Flag
  • Sharon Danielson Profile
    Survivor since 2007
    Jill, Nothing magical that I know of. It is the same advice that is out there for non-breast cancer people.... Keep your weight down, get exercise, and eat properly. Fat produces more estrogen which may feed certain types of breast cancer cells. Take care, Sharon
    over 2 years Comment Flag
  • Marianne R. Profile
    Survivor since 2011
    I say eat what you want. I would suggest high fiber if you have to do chemo. Staying hydrated is the most important thing I can suggest. Everything tasted like rusty pipe, for me, so I ate anything I could stand. Heartburn is also an issue so I would stay away from those foods that add to that issue.
    over 2 years Comment Flag
  • celien thorne Profile
    Mediterranean diet plan I read is a good one too
    over 2 years Comment Flag
  • Jill D Profile
    Stage 1 Patient
    Thank you! I'm not a very health eater so I was just wondering if I have to change because of this or if I should and I came up with I should! Lol going to check out the couple books suggested, thank you
    over 2 years Comment Flag

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