Today's blog has a link to an article entitled "Further research needed to develop evidence-based nutrition guidelines for cancer survivors". It states an interesting statistic...4% of Americans are cancer survivors. That seems like a staggering number; the US population is just over 307 million. So 12 million of us have fought cancer...wow! The article goes on to state that cancer patients die of non-cancer related deaths at a rate much higher than the general population. The hypothesis is that good nutrition would prevent some of these deaths.
Well, how about this idea...
In the article it lists cardiovascular disease, diabetes, osteopenia and osteoporosis, functional impairment, and other endocrine disorders as leading causes of death. Go figure...
- Chemo agents such as adriamycin and herceptin are known to cause heart damage in some patients;
- In order to minimize side effects, chemo patients are pumped full of steroids, leading to soaring glucose levels and weight gain thus triggering diabetes in some patients;
- Anti-hormone therapy administered to breast cancer patients is known to cause osteopenia and osteoporosis in up to 22% of patients, it also raises cholesterol and blood pressure, and can cause weight gain;
- The taxol chemo agents cause neuropathy in up to 74% of patients and it doesn't always go away after chemo treatment has ended;
- Chemo brain is real.
- Chemo agents can ruin a person's immune system and lead to leukemia years later.
Finding cancer treatments that target cancer cells while leaving the rest of the body "intact" seems like a better place to spend your research dollars.