One big important fact that I learned from this forum is that cancer doesn't make sense. There are theories, some 'studies', etc. that say, eat this, don't eat that, do this, don't do that, but....there are members on this board who, by all accounts, shouldn't have been diagnosed with cancer and yet...here they are. They eat well, exercise, don't smoke, don't drink, etc....and yet they were diagnosed. My onc was blunt about it....the studies regarding exercise show that the greatest benefit to patients (with respect to recurrence) is that the greatest benefit is to those patients who did NOT exercise before....not necessarily to those who did. Now, I would love to tell you that I have incorporated exercise into my daily life...but nope, I haven't. Should I? Of course I should but just haven't done it. My onc was also very clear that there are no clear cut studies showing any correlation between diet and recurrence. My attitude is....you went through a tough time to get to where you are now. If YOU choose to eat a totally different diet because it makes YOU happy...go for it....but don't go changing anything because you think it may give you some sort of an advantage. The ONLY thing that I am more acutely aware of is the charring on the bbq. I make 100% certain that there's no more of that....because studies HAVE indicated a correlation between that and carcinogens that are present when meat is charred.
My advice...do what makes YOU happy keeping everything in perspective. BTW - the whole sugar free thing and 'feeding' cancer isn't accurate.
Dx 6/22/2006 IIA rectal cancer
6 wks rad/Xeloda -finished 9/06
1st attempt transanal excision 11/06
11/17/06 XELOX 1 cycle
5 months Xeloda only Dec '06 - April '07
10+ blood clots, 1 DVT 1/07
transanal excision 4/20/07 path-NO CANCER CELLS!
NED now and forever!
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