Soy products, phytoestrogens and ER+?

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Question from Toronto Karen: I'm still confused about soy products and phytoestrogens and how safe or unsafe they are for ER+ breast cancer patients. Are there any current updates or studies on this?
Answers - Cyndi Thomson, Ph.D., R.D. There are no recent updates that I'm aware of and the current recommendation from most cancer centers and oncologists and dieticians in the area of oncology is to avoid high intakes of soy products if the cancer that you have is estrogen receptor positive. This is particularly true for soy concentrates and supplements However, you don't need to be a fanatic. If occasionally you like to enjoy some fresh soy beans, feel free to do so.

The Ask-the-Expert Online Conference called Nutrition and Weight featured Cyndi Thomson, Ph.D., R.D. and Marisa Weiss M.D. answering your questions about nutrition and weight.

Editor's Note: This conference took place in January 2005.

The materials presented in these conferences do not necessarily reflect the views of Breastcancer.org. A qualified healthcare professional should be consulted before using any therapeutic product or regimen discussed. All readers should verify all information and data before employing any therapies described here.

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