- Question from Donna Still: I am halfway through chemo and have been reading about diet and recurrence of breast cancer. What are the most powerful foods to help avoid recurrence?
- Answers - Cyndi Thomson, Ph.D., R.D. We don't know the answer to that question. The WINS study suggested that low-fat eating is one important dietary factor. Certainly, most clinicians will recommend a diet high in vegetables and to some extent fruits. Avoidance of saturated fats and trans fats is also advised, and eating foods rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, such as cold water fish, may also be helpful. But more research is needed to provide more definitive answers.
- Melinda Irwin During treatment, if you're not exercising currently you could start a light or moderate exercise program. If you have been exercising prior to treatment, maintain that program as best as you can to avoid any potential weight gain and to maintain your lean body mass, which may decrease as a result of therapy.
The Ask-the-Expert Online Conference called Weight Management During and After Breast Cancer Treatment featured Cyndi Thomson, Ph.D., R.D. and Melinda Irwin Ph.D., M.P.H. answering your questions on managing weight during and after breast cancer treatment.
Editor's Note: This conference took place in April 2007.
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