Bowel cancer survival rates affected by wholefoods
Dr. Jeffrey A. Meyerhardt has published research showing that those eating the typical modern diet (high in meat, sugar and fat, and low in plants and fibre), had a 200% higher increase in recurrence and death from bowel cancer, compared with those who most strongly deviated from the typical modern patterns of eating.
The new research found that high-fibre wholegrain foods protected against colon cancer recurrence.
They found that in people treated for Stage 3 disease (where tumor cells have spread to lymph nodes), they had greatly increased chances of dying or experiencing a recurrence if their diets were high in low-fibre refined carbohydrates.
The patients who consumed the most refined or processed carbohydrates had an 80% greater chance of dying or having a recurrence during the roughly seven-year study period than those who had the lowest levels.
This latest study showed that processed food intake was the best predictors of cancer recurrence and mortality, and the link was strongest in people who were overweight or obese.
Somdat Mahabir, a nutritional epidemiologist with the National Cancer Institute’s division of cancer control and population sciences, commented “…the current indications are that diet is important to colon cancer survival”.
Study by Dr. Meyerhardt and an associate professor of medicine at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, titled “Dietary Glycemic Load and Cancer Recurrence and Survival in Patients with Stage III Colon Cancer: Findings From CALGB 89803”, as published in The Journal of the National Cancer Institute. As reported by The New York Times on November 9, 2012.