Alright peeps, I feel like a bit of a neophyte on this one - but real talk: hit me up about diet. I’m talking survival diet - not prevention, weight gain, etc. I know this has been asked before, but I’d love a précis of the latest hive mind view on this - particularly to some of my specific musings below.
My medical team has all been very balanced but allopathic - “everything in moderation”, no processed meats, minimise red meat, alcohol, etc. But basically if it isn’t RCT/peer-reviewed, they won’t recommend it. To his credit my oncologist is a supporter of intermittent fasting (eg 8:16, and more extended water fasts).
After I finished treatment, with the advice of an integrative doctor I went to plant based + seafood, with the aim of getting as close to fully plant-based/vegan while retaining muscle mass and getting the benefits of oily fish, etc. Also lots of Japanese style things - raw fish, seaweed, soy/tofu, etc. I’ve avoided protein supplements (concerned about amino acid / BCAA intake), and tried to stay with whole foods.
I wont say I’ve been perfect. During chemo I ate like a 6 year old, and before/after surgeries I sacrificed nutrients over gaining weight and muscle. I still believe in a good BMI as a survival factor - I’m currently at 25-26 and wouldn’t want to drop much below that now (as I no doubt will from surgery/treatments). After my ULAR reversal, raw vegetables became rough and tied me to the toilet - as do beans/legumes.
So - what do you consider the most important dietary factors in survival? Micronutrients? Avoiding carcinogenic/pro-metastatic factors? Calorie timing and immune modulation? Weight gain/retention? Some combination of all of the above??
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on Sat Nov 13, 2021 11:17 pm, edited 1 time in total.
2018 Dx RC, 12cm high
Mod diff, EMVI+ LVI+. 4 liver mets
pT3N1aM1a Stage IVa. MSS NRAS G13R
CEA: Nov-18= 14; then 2.0 - 3.1. Nov-21: 5.4
11/18 FOLFOX x6
3/19 Liver resection
5/19 25x pelvic radiation
07/19 ULAR w ileo, 1/27 LN+
08/19 Liver spot
08/19 FOLFOX x1, FOLFOXIRI x1, FOLFIRI x5
12/19 Liver resection
02/20 Ileo reversed
03/20 NED (since Dec-19)
11/21 New liver lesion (celiac node?), 4 v. small (<2mm) indeterminate lung things