Cancer & Nutrition: The Cancer Project

The Cancer Project

Symposium – August 15, 2008

Bethesda, MD – Hyatt Hotel

Report by Jill Schneider, Director Circle of Life Holistic Programs, Delray Beach, FL

One day intensive educational program for healthcare professionals and lay people featuring research on Cancer and Nutrition.

Role of Low Fat Diet in Breast Cancer

Role of Plant Based Dietary Pattern on Breast Cancer

Role of Lifestyle factors affecting Heart Disease, Diabetes and Prostate Cancer

Role of Soy in preventing and treating Chronic Diseases

Role of Soy, nutraceuticals and other natural health products on chronic diseases

Dangers of Transfats

Role of governmental responsibility and regulation to improve health in the schools.

Bethesda, MD – Hyatt Hotel

Rowan Chlebowski, M.D., Ph.D - Role of Low Fat Diet in Breast Cancer:

An interim efficacy analysis suggests that a lifestyle intervention reducing dietary fat intake with modest body weight loss may improve the relapse-free survival of postmenopausal breast cancer patients.

John P. Pierce, Ph.D - Role of Plant Based Dietary Pattern on Breast Cancer:

In summary, breast cancer survivors who consume a healthy diet and are physically active may increase their years of survival after diagnosis. The improved survival rate was observed in women who were obese as well as those who were not obese. There was a 50% reduction in risk associated with these healthy lifestyle behaviors.

Among those who adhered to this healthy lifestyle, there was no apparent effect of obesity on survival. The effect was stronger in women who had hormone receptor – positive cancers.

Ruth Marlin, M.D. - Role of Lifestyle factors affecting Prostate Cancer:

Patients with low grade prostate cancer were able to make and maintain comprehensive lifestyle changes for at least one year, resulting in significant decreases in serum PSA and a lower likelihood of standard treatment. In addition, substantially decreased growth of LNCaP prostate cancer cells was seen when such cells were incubated in the presence of serum from those who made lifestyle changes.

These findings suggest that intensive changes in diet and lifestyle may beneficially affect the progression of early prostate cancer.

Mark Messina, Ph. D., M.S. - Role of Soy in preventing and treating Chronic Diseases:

The current randomized crossover intervention study in healthy young men demonstrated significant effects on serum reproductive hormones. Soy may contribute toward prostate cancer prevention. Future research is required to better understand how soy protein –induced changes in reproductive hormones relate to prostate cancer risk.

Alison M. Duncan, Ph.D., M. Sc. - Role of Soy, nutraceuticals and other natural health products on chronic diseases:

Isoflavones and phytoestrogens which interact with ERs generally function as weak estrogen in rodent and cell culture models. These estrogen-like effects have raised concern regarding soy/isoflavone consumption, particularly in the case of postmenopausal women at high risk of breast cancer. Currently, there are no data to support the idea that soyfoods or isoflavone supplements improve the prognosis of breast cancer patients.

Her other research involves the influence of attitude and beliefs in healthy and clinical populations.

Stephen Joseph, Esq. - Dangers of Transfats:

He coordinated the successful campaign to ban trans fat in Tiburon, California and inspired NYC and Philadelphia to pass regulations banning trans fat. Chemically, trans fats appear like unsaturated fats – the fats that are healthiest for the human body.

However, once trans fats are consumed, they act very much like saturated fats. Saturated fats and trans fats both increase the amount of LDL (low-density lipoprotein) cholesterol in the blood. An increase in LDL cholesterol can in turn increase an individual's risk of heart disease.

Neal Barnard, M.D. - Role of governmental responsibility and regulation to improve health in the schools.

Dr. Barnard, is the founder and president of The Cancer Project, an organization that works to advance cancer prevention and survival through nutrition education and research. He would very much like to see processed meat banned from school lunches. The potential for cancer through ingesting these foods is clear and very dangerous.

Rob Barron – Cancer Specialist and Legislative Assistant for Senator Harkin.

He worked for the Senator for three years in Iowa and was responsible for constituents’ health care concerns.

This was a fast moving conference with lots of information and research. The basic conclusion would be to eat mostly a vegan diet. I spoke to a few people during the conference, along with passing out cards and leaving a pile on a table. I found that most of the people at the conference were not vegetarians, but enjoyed the vegan lunch of tofu, spinach lasagna and sorbet dessert.

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