Researchers Call For More Patient Information On Nutrition In
Health professionals should increase their communication about
nutrition and diets with their cancer patients to prevent intake
of unproven and possibly harmful diets and supplements.
Interviews with 143 cancer patients found that 69 had made a dietary
change that agreed with current nutritional recommendations to
reduce meat and fat intake and increase consumption of fruit
But the survey, carried out by researchers in Hawaii, found that
many patients who changed their diet also started to take herbal
and vitamin supplements, with no proven efficacy or safety.
The cancer patients, whose replies to the survey were sorted and
coded by an analytical software package, said they hoped that
improving their nutrition would increase well-being, maintain
health and prevent cancer recurrence.
Some of the patients also
believed that some foods that caused cancer should be avoided,
and some that prevented cancer should be consumed in greater
06/08/2001; Doctor's Guide
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