Breast Cancer Patients Who Receive Nutrition Education Can Lower Cancer Recurrence Rates

Breast Cancer Patients Who Receive Nutrition Education Can Lower Cancer Recurrence Rates
shutterstock_208340650Researchers from the Federal University of Santa Catarina, Brazil, offered breast cancer patients nutrition education and showed that the measure not only benefits patients overall health, but can also prevent breast cancer reoccurrence. The study, titled “Nutrition Education Intervention for Women with Breast Cancer: Effect on Nutritional Factors and Oxidative Stress,” published in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, followed 18 patients in an intervention group who received nutrition education and compared the outcomes to 75 patients who did not receive nutrition information. For one year, the subjects in the intervention group registered their food habits and were given appropriate suggestions for nutritional improvement. Patients in this group also joined meetings and were given a monthly report to enhance their nutrition knowledge. The main objective of the study was to promote the reduction of red and processed meat consumption while increasing the consumption of fruits and vegetables. Past studies suggested that red and processed meats have detrimental effects on cancer patients but antioxidants present in vegetables and fruits can help alleviate side effects associated with chemotherapy treatmen
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