Survivorship: Nutrition Guidelines for Cancer Survivors

To the Patient and Family (distributed by M.D. Anderson) Updated May 31, 2012
This booklet is for people who have been diagnosed with cancer. If you have any questions about the information in this booklet, please ask your health care team.
Nutrition plays a big part in a healthy lifestyle after cancer treatment. A healthy lifestyle can:
• Help you lower your risk for heart disease

• Give you more energy
• Lessen feelings of sadness and improve your mood

Understand Nutrition Research

With ongoing research we are starting to see more specific guidelines for cancer survivors.
Most experts agree that following the guidelines for cancer prevention should be a reasonable approach for
cancer survivors. This may help prevent a cancer from coming back or a second type of cancer. There are
several reasons why this makes sense:
• Cancer survivors who have finished treatment may still have tiny, undetected cancer cells in their bodies.
• Cancer survivors have a higher risk of:
– A second type of cancer
– Osteoporosis
– Obesity
– Heart disease
– Diabetes
– Problems with being able to perform daily activities
• Nutrition and lifestyle changes for cancer prevention are similar to the guidelines for
general good health and well-being. They offer overall health benefits in preventing disease.
If you follow Dr. Myers blog you’ll recall that a key part of his PCa Growth Arrest Program is the Meditarean Diet or a standard heart healthy diet and lifestyle that fits the recommendations of the American Heart Association and the American Cancer Society.Do yourself a favor and download this 28 page guide and take the ACS Nutrition and Activity quiz.  survivorship-nutrition-guide  With the guide you’ll get a dozen recipes.


Nutrition Guide while receiving Proton Therapy for Prostate Cancer

The goal of doctor when treating someone with radiation is to have the clearest view of the treatment field possible, in this case the prostate gland. This sometimes means limiting foods in the diet that are naturally gas-producing or foods that are very high in fiber. Since these foods are normally really good for you the information is confusing to most people. Here are some tips/guidelines while you’re in the treatment program.






  • Everyone has gas in the digestive tract. It is a normal function.
  • Everyone processes foods differently, if you are aware of certain foods that cause you to have more gas then limit those foods.
  • Gas comes from two main sources: swallowed air and normal breakdown of certain foods by harmless bacteria naturally in the large intestine.
  • Foods that may cause gas include
    • All beans except green beans.
    • Vegetables, such as broccoli, cauliflower, raw cucumbers, raw green bell pepper, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, onions, artichokes, and asparagus
    • Fruits, such as pears, apples with skin, and peaches (fresh)
    • Whole grains, such as whole wheat and bran cereals
    • Soft drinks (due to carbonation producing extra air)
    • Milk and milk products, such as cheese and ice cream.
    • Foods containing sorbitol, such as dietetic foods and sugar free candies and gums.
    • During radiation you may want to limit the foods above. Two servings of milk products per day are okay (try to choose low fat versions).
  • Beano, the brand name of an over-the-counter digestive aid, contains the sugar-digesting enzyme that the body lacks to digest the sugar in beans and many vegetables. Taking this before meals will limit gas. One(1) Beano tablet per each half( ½ ) cup of food. · If you normally eat all the foods above without gas then you can take Beano and continue eating them in normal portions.
  • Eating a lot of fatty foods can cause bloating and discomfort because fat delays stomach emptying, allowing gas to build up. These problems can be avoided by choosing lower fat foods.







Why Does Nutrition Matter? Get this 40 page pdf booklet >






from the Prostate Cancer Foundation




How reliable are the data for nutritional strategies in prostate cancer? Are there foods or nutrients that might prevent prostate cancer — or even prevent or delay a recurrence of the disease? How do you get the most benefit from each vitamin and mineral? What should you do now? The Nutrition and Prostate Cancer guide will summarize the latest information and help you navigate through the information available about various nutritional approaches so that you can create a strategy that’s right for you. Remember: if the cancer is detected at the earliest stages, over half of men diagnosed will live for more than 15 years. In other words, your diagnosis of prostate cancer is just the beginning of your journey, not the end. And there might be some relatively simple things that you can do to maximize your body’s ability to fight this disease.







A diagnosis of prostate cancer is the beginning of your journey, not the end.



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